“Prayer is the outflow of a relationship with God.”

On this youth Sunday, we spoke about prayer on several levels. We learned with our children’s church kids about how we always talk to people we love, which is why we pray to God. We learned with our junior church kids how God wants us to engage him about the real things in our life. And we learned through our shorter sermon how the Lord’s Prayer teaches us to pray by remembering who God is, relating to Him personally, and making requests in light of His glory.

Application Questions

1. If someone overheard your prayers, but didn’t know you were praying, who would they think you were talking to? What does that tell you about how you relate to God?

2. How can you remember who God is and what he has done as you pray?

3. What does it look like when you “go through the motions” in prayer? What would it look like to focus more on relating to God in prayer?

4. What kind of things do you ask God for? How can the Lord’s Prayer serve as a model for your requests in prayer?

Further Resources

Teach Us to Pray (Resources on prayer)

Pray With Your Affections: Lessons from Psalm 123 (Article) by DeAron Washington

A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World by Paul Miller

Reading Plan and Prayer Guide

Below are scriptures to help you meditate on today’s sermon topic throughout the week:

Monday: Matthew 6:9
Tuesday: Matthew 6:10
Wednesday: Matthew 6:11
Thursday: Matthew 6:12
Friday: Matthew 6:13

As you meditate on the scriptures above, use these prompts to help you engage with God in prayer:

Insight: Ask God to give you insight into each portion of the Lord’s Prayer.

Confess: Admit the sinful motives in your heart that keep you from prayer or keep your prayers empty or cold.

Wrestle: Work through the ways you struggle over prayer with God.

Request: Ask God to give you a deep, rich prayer life and wisdom to take practical steps forward

Brian Colmery

Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.

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