Week 8: Presence & Prayer

Sermon date: March 3


Practice: Meditate and Write

Meditate on the following questions:

  • What circumstances or dynamics exist in your life right now that regularly create panic for you?
  • Why do you think these specific situations create panic in you?
  • Is there any place in your life right now where you would say you have had enough and are at the end of your rope? Write it out.
  • What can you do to lean in and hear God’s whisper among all the wind, fire and earthquakes going on around you now in this circumstance?
  • Would talking to a counselor, pastor or close friend help you get to a better place with this issue?

Draft a short Psalm based on favorite verses and passages used in your previous declarations and what you know to be true of God’s presence in your life. Filling in the blanks below will get you started.

My Psalm of God’s Presence and Peace

God is with me even when I feel __________. My worries about _____ and my fears about __________ are not more powerful than the Lord. The promise from God’s Word I will cling to during times of stress and panic is this: _______________________. Knowing how much God loves me and how close he is to me right now, I can focus on _______ rather than __________.

Use the Prayer Wheel

Spend an hour with God in prayer this week using the Prayer Wheel to guide your time. The wheel breaks down the hour of prayer into 12, 5-minute areas of focus. Prompts and Scriptures are included.

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3/3rds groups

Scripture for study: Philippians 4:4-9

If your group is following the 3/3rds model, download the 3/3rds format guide here.

Additional Life Group Questions

Scripture for study: Philippians 4:4-9

Use the questions below if your group is not doing the 3/3rds model or if you need more questions for your Looking Up or Looking Forward time.

  • What is the best thing that happened to you this week?
  • On a scale of 1 to 10, what is the stress level in your life? What is your body saying?
  • What is Paul’s prescription for stress? Compare it to that of modern psychology and New Age religions.
  • What is Paul’s solution to thought pollution? What would he say to believers today about leisure time, reading matter, R-rated movies, and binging sports and shows all weekend? What would he suggest?