Feb 21, 2021
1 Kings 18 “Radical Prayer (Part 2)”
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  • Feb 21, 20211 Kings 18 “Radical Prayer (Part 2)”
    Feb 21, 2021
    1 Kings 18 “Radical Prayer (Part 2)”
  • Feb 14, 2021John 11:45-53; 1 Kings 17:1-24 “Praying Radically (Part 1)”
    Feb 14, 2021
    John 11:45-53; 1 Kings 17:1-24 “Praying Radically (Part 1)”
  • Feb 7, 2021James 5:13-20 “Vision in Action: Praying Effectively”
    Feb 7, 2021
    James 5:13-20 “Vision in Action: Praying Effectively”
    Thoughts for Reflection: Every day at some point, after I come home from work, Bethany and I have a conversation about the contents of our day.  Regardless of whether it is good or bad, we take the time to talk through it and also talk through what is on the horizon for us that evening and maybe into the next day or week.  Though this is not the sum total of our conversations and communication, it is a very intentional connection point for us that, when missed, can also be somewhat detrimental… especially when it gets missed a lot. Prayer is a core part of our relationship with God.  It is communion with Him, conversation with Him.  In prayer we both speak and listen and as we make our requests known to God (Philippians 4:6-7) we also gain, through the Holy Spirit, a sense of God’s heart and His will too (Psalm 46:10).  These things in balance, along with the reading of God’s Word, work to transform our hearts and our minds (Romans 12:1-2) so that we better understand, desire, and pray into God’s will for us and for those around us (Matthew 6:10). Questions to take home:
    1. James begins a conversation on prayer by talking about “when” to pray.  What does he say here?  If you were to look at your own prayer life, how would it match up to our passage today?  Are there times when you are more or less apt to pray?  What are they?
    2. Why do you think that James makes a big deal about “calling the Elders of the church”, bringing other people from the body of Christ in to pray?  What benefits do you think there are in this?  Why do you think so many people don’t reach out for prayer?  What do you think James would say to that?
    3. James 5:16 says, “the prayer of the righteous person has powerful effects.”  What is it that makes a person righteous?  Why do you think this righteousness is related to the effectiveness and power of their prayers?  How do these answers impact the way you think about your prayer life?
  • Jan 31, 2021Matthew 6:5-15; Acts 2:42-47 “Vision in Action: Exectant Prayer”
    Jan 31, 2021
    Matthew 6:5-15; Acts 2:42-47 “Vision in Action: Exectant Prayer”
    Thoughts for Reflection: In the next 7 years HCC will boldly bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to every household in the greater Hopkins Community through Expectant Prayer, Effective Evangelism, and Radical Obedience to the Holy Spirit.  Last week we laid out God’s Vision for HCC over the next seven years; today we begin to unpack it and it all begins with prayer.  Everything that the Apostles did in Acts and all the growth of the early church and the Kingdom was bathed in prayer and so shall our efforts be as well. Prayer is something that we all know we should do.  It is something Jesus taught about and modeled and something the disciples continued to do and to teach after He had ascended.  They prayed boldly & expectantly, believing that God would work mightily on their behalf.  How often do our prayers feel this way?  Do we approach the throne boldly, expecting to have God’s ear and concern or do our prayers default to rote repetitions with a faint hope that God might hear us? Questions to take home:
    1. Read 1 Timothy 2:1-4.  What does Paul have to say to Timothy about prayer here?  Who & what should be prayed for?  How does this encouragement match up with Jesus’ teaching on prayer that we read today from Matthew 6:5-15?
    2. If God showed up today and answered all of the prayers you prayed in the last week what would happen?  Would anyone new be entering the Kingdom of God?  How is this answer encouraging or convicting?  What changes do you think might need to come from this?
    3. Our first major goal in the HCC Vision is to meet our neighbors in the Village of Hopkins.  Go for a drive (or two) this week through the neighborhoods of the village.  Ask God to give you eyes to see things here the way He sees them.  Listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.  What did you see and hear?  How is God leading you to pray for the Village of Hopkins in the next month?