Session 4: Pray (Part 2)

Video

Training Guide

(Download PDF Version Go!Project Training Guide (Session 4))

Gathering Together (20 Minutes)

  • Intended Outcome of This Session: By the time we end our session together, we will be introduced to the 4x4x1 “Fencepost Prayer” and will be challenged to begin praying for 4 neighbors, 4 minutes each day, while developing 1 authentic friendship. We will also learn how to pray “on-the-go” and will gain an understanding of how to listen to and act on the prompting of the Holy Spirit.
  • Opening Prayer: (By the Host or volunteer from the group)
  • How Has God Been Moving?
    • Part of the application assignment from the Session 3 was to spend time praying for your list of 10 closest neighbors, including a prayer walk in the neighborhood.
      • Was the exercise easy or difficult for you? [Did you actually do it??]
      • What did you learn, or what new insight did you gain…
        • …about your neighborhood?
        • …about your connection to your neighbors?
        • …about yourself
      • Did God do anything unexpected as a result of this assignment?
    • The other part of the application assignment from the Session 3 was to test out some new prayer practices.
      • Was the exercise easy or difficult for you? [Did you actually do it??]
      • What did you learn, or what new insight did you gain…
    • Did God do anything unexpected as a result of either of these assignments?

GO!project Teaching (20 Minutes)

  • Speaker: Scott Hackler, Senior Pastor, JOY! Lutheran Church
  • Questions to think about as you watch this video:
    • What should we do if someone doesn’t seem interested in a relationship with God?
    • What role does prayer play in determining who we should pursue a relationship with?
  •  First Impressions:
    •  What stood out to you as you watched this video?
    • What new insight, challenge, or way of thinking was significant to you?

(Once everyone has had a chance to jot down their first impressions, a few people can share and comment on what they wrote)

Opening Our Hearts (15 Minutes)

  • Think of someone that you currently have a solid friendship with. What were the circumstances that brought you into that relationship?
  • Are there others that you have met through similar circumstances as the close friend you are thinking of, who you are NOT close friends with?
  • How would you describe the difference? In other words, why did one person become a close friend and others not, even though you met in similar circumstances?

Opening God’s Word (15 Minutes)

  • Read Luke 10:1-4
    • In this passage, who is doing the sending, who is being sent, and to whom are they sent?
    • What was the purpose of the disciples being sent “ahead of” Jesus? If Jesus was coming to these places in person anyway, why send the advance team?
    • Jesus commands His disciples to pray for the Father to send out laborers (evangelists),then He commands them to go out as laborers themselves. What is going on here?
  • Read Luke 10:5-12
    • What does it mean to say, “Peace be to this house”? Clearly this is more than just words. What is the attitude behind the words that the disciples were supposed to have?
    • The passages do not define a “person of peace” (or “son of peace”). Based on the context of the passage, how would you define a “person of peace”?

Changing Our Thinking (25 Minutes)

  • Like the 72 who were sent out by Jesus into the towns and villages where He was going to go,you are being sent out into your neighborhood. It is Jesus who will transform hearts and lives, not you. How does that impact your attitude and thinking about being sent out?
  • Not everyone will respond to the Gospel. Some will not even respond to authentic attempts to develop a friendship. This was even true for the first disciples. How does that impact your attitude and thinking about being sent out?
  • Can you recall a time where it was very obvious you had encountered a “person of peace?” If so, share with the group the circumstances that made it so obvious to you.
  • What might be some tell-tale signs of a “person of peace” in your neighborhood? What might be some tell-tale signs that someone is NOT a “person of peace?”

Changing Our Lives (10 Minutes)

  • Between now and the next time your group meets:
    • Read through the Go! Project Prayer Guide (distributed by your Host and/or downloaded from www.TheGoProject.org). The Prayer Guide will be a helpful resource not only for your participation in The Go! Project, but in your prayer life in general.
    • Choose 4 neighbors from among the 10 you have been praying for. They might be those whom the Holy Spirit has highlighted in some way. They might be those whom you feel are the most likely to be the “person of peace” because of interactions you have already had with them.
    • Begin the 4×4 habit of prayer: Pray 4 minutes a day for the 4 neighbors you have chosen.
    • As part of your prayer time, ask God to highlight the one person He is prompting you to actively develop a friendship with.
    • Because we want to be effective at bringing the Gospel to the households of Gurnee, it is important for us to track our progress and evaluate whether or not we are being effective. To that end, you will be tracking your interactions and “progress” with the neighbors you are praying for. Start this process between now and the next time your group meets by filling in the basic contact information of the 4 neighbors you are praying for on the Gospel Progress tracking sheet (distributed by your Host and/or downloaded from www.TheGoProject.org).

Aligning Ourselves With God (15 Minutes)

  • Prayer Points:
    • That God would clearly prompt each person as to who they should be praying for.
    • That God would clearly prompt each person as to who they should be actively developing a friendship with.
    • Other concerns from the group.
  • Closing Prayer: Your Host will lead in prayer, offering an opportunity for anyone in the group to pray short, one or two sentence prayers as they feel led (often referred to as “popcorn prayer”). This could be merely the name of one of your neighbors, or a name and a specific request. This could be a short request regarding your participation in the Go! Project. There is no right or wrong way to do this, and no one should feel obligated to pray aloud during this closing prayer time. Your Host (or someone in the group who has volunteered) will close the time of prayer when it seems clear that everyone who desires to pray has had an opportunity.
November 06th, 2011 Posted by admin Filed in: Magniis parturie nmont, Training Sessions