Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on February 25, 2018
Passage: Mark 14:32-42
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
1. Growing up, what was your favorite hiding place when playing hide and seek?
2. Is it easy or difficult for you to carve out some quiet time for yourself in your current schedule? Why?
3. Looking back at your notes from this week’s message, was there anything you heard for the first time or that caught your attention, challenged, or confused you?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. This Sunday Mike talked about what a personal prayer life could look like in our lives. To be alone with His Father, Jesus went “a little farther” than Peter, James, and John. Throughout His ministry, Jesus prioritized getting alone with His Father to pray. What obstacles to personal prayer do you think Jesus had to overcome in Mark 1:35-39?
Mark 1:35-39 (ESV)
35 And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. 36 And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, 37 and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.” 38 And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.” 39 And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.
- Can you relate to the obstacles that Jesus faced in this passage?
- How do you think Jesus’ personal prayer life helped Him accomplish the mission that His Father had given Him?
2. After finding some personal space to pray in the garden, Jesus fell to the ground because of the burden of carrying the sins of the world was before Him. When Jesus prayed, he said what he felt in his humanity. He asked if there was another way to accomplish what the Father had sent Him to do. His emotions were raw and He was honest with His Father about them. What can you learn from the following verses about getting real before God?
Genesis 3:8-10 (ESV)
8 And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.”
Psalm 139:1-6 (ESV)
1 O LORD, you have searched me and known me! 2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. 3 You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. 4 Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether. 5 You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.
Hebrews 4:14-16 (ESV)
14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
- What are some reasons why might we try to hide things from God in our prayers?
- What from the above verses could encourage you to be more open and honest with God in your prayers?
3. Jesus prayed the same thing three times in the Garden of Gethsemane. Praying can sometimes seem like a fruitless activity. Nothing seems to be changing. Doubts about whether God is really listening creep in. The Bible however reassures us that God is present and will honor or requests in His perfect timing and according to His will. What encouragement do the following verses provide for establishing a consistent habit of prayer?
Daniel 6:7-10 (ESV)
7 All the high officials of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the counselors and the governors are agreed that the king should establish an ordinance and enforce an injunction, that whoever makes petition to any god or man for thirty days, except to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions. 8 Now, O king, establish the injunction and sign the document, so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and the Persians, which cannot be revoked.” 9 Therefore King Darius signed the document and injunction. 10 When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously.
Matthew 7:7-11 (ESV)
7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
Ephesians 6:18 (ESV)
18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,
- What obstacles must you overcome in order to take your prayer life to a deeper level with the Lord?
- What steps do you need to take this week to become more consistent in your own private prayer time with the Lord?
TAKE IT HOME
1. Looking back at this week’s teaching and study, is there one thing you’d especially like to remember this week?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?