September 16, 2003
I'd to take a little poll - just for information, not to make anyone feel guilty. Raise your hand if you have a personal prayer time seven days a week. 5-6 times? A few times a week? Once a week? Rarely or never?
Would anyone like to share why they answered the way they did?
Scripture: Jeremiah 29:4-14
Background: Most of the population of Judah, the southern kingdom of Israel, has been carried into exile by the Babylonians, many years after the northern kingdom was carried away to Assyria. Jeremiah writes this from Jerusalem to the exiles in Babylon.
What did it mean for the Israelites to be in exile, personally, politically, spiritually? Do we ever feel that way?
Taking a look at verse 4:
Looking at verses 5-7:
Looking at verses 8-9:
Read aloud verse 11 (one of my favorite in the Bible):
Read aloud verses 12-13:
Read aloud verse 14:
Read Matthew 7:7-11.
What does Jesus have to say in response to the question, "Why Pray?"
Are there any other questions about why we should spend time individually praying to God? How can we encourage each other to have a personal prayer time?
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