There’s a story about a guy who wrote a comprehensive work on theology (the way that God works) and after it had gone to print someone noticed that he didn’t have a chapter or even a paragraph in the whole book about prayer. When he was asked about it he said, “I guess I was too busy”. Perhaps that’s why most of us miss out on praying. Paul seemed to think that prayer was uber important and he puts it at the top of his ‘Final Instructions’ list for his young church.
Sermon Study Questions
- Paul is eager that these young believers pray. Talk about your experience with praying. Do you find prayer difficult? Why is this?
- What does it mean when the Bible states: “the one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”?
- When the Bible says “Do not associate with those who don’t obey these instructions”, what exactly does that mean for us?
- Paul begins and end every letter with the word ‘grace’. What do you understand about grace? Does it make any difference in your life?
Take time to pray for those who lead you, particularly pray that when they (and you!) open your mouth, God will bring harvest to the news of Jesus.