Prayer of GratitudeTake a few minutes to consider the past week and then do a prayer of thanksgiving together for the things that stirs in your hearts. Use whichever prayer method you desire (small groups, silence, larger group, written down, etc)
Where in the past week did you sense God’s involvement or closeness?
Where in the past week did you sense God’s absence or felt disconnected?
Taking it Deeper
- What do you remember about our time together last week?
- Is there any new insight you’ve gathered during the rest of the week regarding the topic of our discussion?
- How did you experience the exercise?
We Re- Read: Mark 1:35, Matthew 14:23, Luke 22:41-44
Mark 1:35 – Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.
Matthew 14:23 – After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone.
Luke 22:41-44 – He walked away, about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” Then an angel from heaven appeared and strengthened him. He prayed more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood.
“Prayer is not asking only. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.” Mother Teresa
“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” Gandhi
“Prayer is the most concrete way to make our home in God.” Henri Nouwen
“For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God.” Teresa of Avila