A.2 Will God hear and answer my prayers?

What has been your experience with God answering your prayers?

What do you do when you don’t get an answer?

A Story

A new Christian in the neighborhood came for breakfast. We discussed different concerns about her life. She shared about her sister. She was reluctant to pray and ask God to take care of the situation with this family member. It seemed to her to be fruitless. She was discouraged about the lack of answers to her prayer.

Digging Into The Bible

This question was facing the disciples of Jesus who were following him.  He taught them many things. He gave them commands and instructions about the Kingdom of God. One day, after teaching them many things, He made this statement:

John 16:24

“Until now, you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive that your joy will be made full.”

Discussion & Discovery

  1. What was Jesus telling his disciples, and why?
  2. What does it mean “Up till now”?
  3. Why do we ask in Jesus’ name?
  4. Why, from this verse, does God want to answer our prayers?

Application & Accountability

  1. How do we ask ‘In Jesus’ name?
  2. What can we ask for?
  3. What are we confident that we will receive?
  4. What does it mean to have your joy full?
  5. What will you do to take steps in your prayer communication with God?

Digging In Deeper

  1. What is the most important part of this lesson to you? Explain.
  2. How do you see applying aspects of this lesson to your life?
  3. When do you feel would be the best time to make that application?
  4. What do you hear the Lord speaking to you about this right now?

Similar Verses In The Bible

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