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Step 2: Prayer

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Next Steps are designed to help us grow as Christians in two categories: God's Mission and God's Word. 


←Mission→ Look out to the world; look in at our lives. 


Mission Training: Matthew 28:18-20 "[18] And Jesus came and said to them, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. [19] Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, [20] teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.'" 

GO - Jesus tells us to go to those who are not Christians. Do not wait for someone to ask about your faith. Do not wait for someone to bring up the topic of religion. Do not passively wait for people to come to church. Go! We need to leave our comfort zones and go to the lost and meet them where they are at. We need to bring up the topic of Jesus in conversation. We need to be intentional, strategic, and purposeful evangelists. Go invite someone to church. Go share the good news of Jesus. Go love someone in Jesus' name. 

ALL - Jesus tell us to go to all nations and make disciples—to all people, not just some. Sometimes we choose only those we think will respond to the gospel or an invitation to church. But we don’t know who will respond favorably until we share the gospel. No one can say “no” or “yes” to Jesus until they hear the gospel. And God can open the hearts of even those whom we think are the most unlikely to be interested in Jesus. 

DISCIPLES - Jesus tells us to make disciples not just church attendees. A disciple is someone who learns everything that Jesus taught, obeys it, and teaches others. We need to make disciples and teach them until they can teach others. We need to make disciples and train them to make disciples who make disciples who make disciples. 


Accountability Last time we set a goal to share our testimony with one or more persons from our prayer list. How did that go? Celebrate any victories and encourage one another to keep striving to share Christ's love and gospel with those around you! 


Goals & PrayerLooking at your prayer list, choose at least one person. How will you share Christ with them in the next two weeks (examples: share your testimony, share the gospel, invite them to church, study First Steps, etc.)? Share the name of the person you choose and the goal you’ve set. Pray for these goals and for one another.


↑Word↓ Look up to God's Word; look down to our lives. 


Gather Together Around God’s Word: Next Steps 2 - Prayer

What is prayer?
Prayer is communication with God. It is a gift he has given to us to be able to tell him what is on our hearts and ask him for help. God listens to our prayers!

How should I pray?
Jesus taught us how to pray and gave us a model to use.

Matthew 6:5-8 [5] “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. [6] But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. [7] “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. [8] Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Where can we pray? Anywhere! But we should always pray to God, not trying to impress others with our prayers (6:5-6).

Do we have to coerce God to listen to us? No! God knows what we need before we ask and always listens to us because we pray to him through his Son Jesus. (6:7-8).

Matthew 6:9-13
[9] Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
[10] Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
[11] Give us this day our daily bread,
[12] and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
[13] And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”

We can use this model prayer as an outline for our prayers.

1. Our Father in heaven - Start your prayer by remembering that you are a child of God, adopted through Jesus Christ. We pray in Jesus’ name. Through Jesus we are able to approach God as beloved children!

2. Hallowed be your name - This is a request that God would be revered and honored. Worship God and pray that he would be more worshiped.

3. Your kingdom come, your will be done - Pray that more people would obey God, our Good and Just King. Pray that the good things he desires will become reality in your life and in the world.

4. Give us our daily bread - Daily bread represents our physical and spiritual needs. Prayer is an opportunity to ask God for what we need (food, shelter, money, wisdom, guidance, etc.). Also thank him for all his faithful provision so far!

5. Forgive us - Confess your sins to God and ask for forgiveness through Jesus Christ. When seeking forgiveness, forgive in God’s presence those who have sinned against you.

6. Deliver us - We are weak and need to ask God to help us live for him.

Write out this prayer in your own words and share it with your group.

When should I pray?
The Bible instructs us to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17)! We should certainly have a time each day that we set aside for focused prayer. Usually this coincides with our bible reading time (see Step 3). Prayer is both planned and spontaneous.

Take the Step!
What time will you set aside for prayer each day this week?


Fellowship How is everyone doing? What was the most significant event in the past two weeks? Is there something heavy upon your heart? Does anyone need prayer?