How has the practice of prayer changed in your life over the course of your faith journey?
Read the passage again; in what ways would these words of Jesus have been an encouragement to the disciples? Why would they have needed that?
The first point of the sermon was “the power of prayer”. In what way(s) have you experienced prayers’ power in your life?
What were some of the “greater things” (v.12) that the disciples would accomplish?
Which of these things are we seeking to accomplish? Can you think of any practical ways that you are praying for in order to carry on Jesus’ ministry.
What do you think it means to pray in Jesus’ name? (leader hint - you have access to God because you have inherited the name as an adopted son or daughter. Does it have more to do with attaching Jesus’ authority to our prayers or the fact that we come before God with our new name/identity? Or a combination of both?)
We don’t have the advantage of seeing the long-view of our situation. This is why we sometimes don’t think our prayers have been answered (this is where my illustration of buying a house came from). How does this truth affect your understanding of God’s ways?
The foundation for our answered prayer is the unanswered prayer of Jesus in the garden. He prayed that the cup of suffering would be taken; it wasn’t. This unanswered prayer led to the answered prayers that we pray. How does that understanding affect your prayer