Prayer Advances The Kingdom
Paul has repeatedly prayed for the Thessalonians. Here, Paul asks for reciprocity. He asks them to pray for him and for the spread of the gospel. One of the primary ways God intends the church to participate in his mission is through prayer. Prayer advances the Kingdom.
- How would you describe the church in the U.S.? Is prayerful something that comes to mind? Why or why not?
- Was Paul devoted to prayer? How do you know? And why do you think that was?
- Read some of his prayers in the following texts: Romans 1:8-13, 1 Corinthians 1:4-8, Ephesians 1:15-23, Philippians 1:3-5, Colossians 1:3, 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3. What stands out to you? Does the content of his prayers reveal anything?
- Does Paul think prayer is incompatible with God's sovereignty? What is the role of prayer under God's sovereignty? How do the two work together?
- How does the Lord guard us against the evil one? What means does He use?
- Why does Paul have confidence in the Thessalonian church?
- What needs to change in your heart and mind for you to grow in prayer? Ask God for that now in prayer.
- Commit with your group to praying for specific advancement of the Kingdom and gospel and keep praying together for it.