What is the value of set prayers? How might praying set prayers enhance our awareness of and ability to connect with God? How can the local and global church be united? Can prayer really unite Christians across denominations, cultures, ages, and distance? In this weeks message, Pastor Paul Kiss looks at Acts 2:42 as we discover an undivided life is united with the church through prayer.
Prayer – Part 2
Speaker: Paul Kiss
Date: July 8, 2018
1. They Devoted Themselves to “the Prayers.”
Text: Acts 2:42
2. The Value of Set Prayers.
● It unites you with Christians all over the world.
● Many set prayers are simply praying through Scripture.
● Set prayers can actually enhance your personal prayer experience.
● Repetition forms us in powerful ways.
● Repetition can lose the meaning. So be mindful of what you’re praying.
● Some set prayers are not so great. It’s ok to bypass them.
● Set prayers are a gift for us but don’t get legalistic with them.
3. The Prayers of the Church
● Pray the Psalms – i.e. Psalm 34 or 13.
● The Lord’s Prayer – Keep praying it 3x’s a day.
● Phyllis Tickle’s “The Divine Hours” are good prayer books.
● The Liturgy in the RDL (Retreat in Daily Life) booklet is a great tool.
● Try the Book of Common Prayer or Divine Hours. Take a course if you need to.
● Pray the New Testament. Pray through a passage at a time. (Try Lectio Devina.)
4. Say Your Prayers
● When you don’t know what to pray, say your prayers.
● When you don’t feel like praying, say your prayers.
1. What experiences have you had in the past with Liturgy or Set Prayers?
2. How might praying set prayers enhance our awareness of and ability to connect with God?
3. How might praying set prayers detract from our awareness of and ability to connect with God?
4. Look at the Liturgy provided in the RDL booklet. See how much Scripture has been used as prayer. What questions do you have about this particular liturgy? What do you like? What are you not sure about? Share with each other.
5. Read Matthew 7:1-6. How could you turn this Scripture into a time of prayer?
6. In your group, or with a partner, or on your own, pray through Matthew 7:1-6.
1. Pray through the Liturgy that is provided in our RDL booklets (Retreat in Daily Life). Pray it each morning for 6 weeks and see how it begins to form you.
2. Take another passage of Scripture and begin to pray through it as