It’s a new year and with that come many new opportunities to grow and change! There is so much to focus on, and so many ways we could use our time. We believe that there is one thing you can start this week to make this YOUR year! We hope you will join in!

Start Talking

  • What is an area of your life you would like to see/need a breakthrough this year?
  • What do you think holds you back from seeing a breakthrough?
  • Have you prayed about this area of your life?
  • In general, what approach to prayer do you generally take?
    • Going through the motions (a.k.a. The dinner time prayer)
    • Take it or leave it (it doesn’t really matter)
    • I hate to ask (“sorry to bother you God”)
    • I’ll believe it when I see it (God probably won’t answer this)
    • Last ditch effort (I have no other options)
  • If you were sure that God would answer your prayer (in the way that you wanted), what would you pray for?

Read This

Perhaps a step you can take this year is to take on a new approach to prayer. This approach is not intended to manipulate God, but rather to connect us to God and increase our faith in Him.

Know that He can
Believe that He will
Trust Him if He doesn’t

  • Read Ephesians 3:20.  What does this verse tell us about God’s ability to answer our prayers? Whether God does or not, do you believe that he is able to answer your prayers? Why or why not?
  • Read a few of these passages together: What stands out to you? What role does faith play in these passages?
  • Read Matthew 21:21-22. Does this passage create tension in you?  Read also Hebrews 11:6. What does the Bible say is the result of our faith?
  • How do you reconcile faith and unanswered prayers? If this tension can exist, why is it important to pray with bold faith?

What Now

  • If you struggle to have faith, perhaps you can commit a verse to memory: Ephesians 2:8 . Faith is a gift, and a fruit of the Holy Spirit. God can give you//increase your faith!
  • Tell us about a time that you trusted God even when He didn’t answer your prayers. What was it like?
  • Jesus himself experienced unanswered prayers (Mark 14:35-36). What can we learn from His prayer? Furthermore, Jesus’s friends Mary and Martha also experienced a massive unanswered prayer. What can we learn from them? (John 11:1-44)
  • What do you need to pray boldly about this week?

At Home

Read 1 Samuel 1:9-17. This passage is the perfect example of praying boldly! However, one of the best parts of this story is that Hannah’s heart is changed BEFORE her prayers are answered. God meets her when she is praying. God can give us JOY before He answers our deepest desires. There is so much hope in that! We hope you enjoy learning from Hannah. Ask God to meet you IN your prayers and BEFORE an answer!

Additional Resources

Song: God Turn It Around
Book: When God Breaks Your Heart
**great read if you have felt disappointed in God//have experienced unanswered prayers
Luke and Acts reading plan