NextLevel Online: Prayer

Session 11: Common Questions about Prayer (Part 1)

Do you have questions about prayer?


Classroom Instructions

Materials: Lesson Outline

Opening Review

Questions about Prayer

  • If God knows what I need and what I’m thinking, then why do I need to talk to him about it?

  • Is it okay to express anger and frustration with God in prayer? Is it wrong to pray for judgment on people?

  • How do you pray against spiritual warfare? Is there a particular way?

  • What is the “right posture” of prayer? Does posture matter?

  • Is there such a thing as a prayer that is too short or too long? How do I know when I have reached a good length?

  • How do you break out of the shame cycle when it comes to prayer?

  • How does one pray for both a specific outcome as well as God's will without it coming across as a lack of faith or an opening for the opposite to occur?

  • How do we know when God is saying “no” and when God is saying “wait”? What should I do when it seems like God is saying no?

  • How do I stay faithful when it feels like God isn’t staying faithful in answering my prayers?

Challenge: If you are struggling with unanswered prayer, write out the answer to these two questions: What do I believe is true about God? How then should this change how I regard my unanswered prayer? Also, find a seasoned Christian and ask them what is the longest you have had to wait to see God answer your prayers?

Questions for Discussion and Reflection

  • Which of these questions resonate with you? To what degree are you helped or satisfied with the answers?

  • What is your typical prayer “posture” or length? Do you feel compelled to make any changes in this regard?

  • How well do you strike a balance between making bold requests to God and also acknowledging that his will may differ from our desires?

  • What other questions do you have about prayer?

  1. What will you do with your questions? How will you go about seeking answers?

About NextLevel Online

The vision of Ozark Christian College is to glorify God by evangelizing the lost and edifying Christians worldwide. The mission of Ozark Christian College is to train men and women for Christian service as a degree-granting institution of biblical higher education.