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Pastor Kevin Manning : Keep On Keeping On

40 Days of Prayer · 33:34 · Recorded September 27, 2020

Keep On Keeping On

“The great tragedy of life is not unanswered prayer, but un-offered prayer.” F.B. Meyer, The Secret of Guidance

Colossians 4:2-6 (NLT) Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. Pray for us, too, that God will give us many opportunities to speak about his mysterious plan concerning Christ. That is why I am here in chains. Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should. Live wisely among those who are not believers and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.

1. Pray with persistence.

Luke 18:1 (NLT) One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.

Luke 11:9 (NLT) “And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”

2. Pray with passion.

Luke 6:12 (NLT) One day soon afterward Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night.

Matthew 26:39 (NLT) He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will do be done, not mine.”

James 5:16 (NLT) Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.

3. Pray with thankfulness.

Ephesians 5:20 (NLT) And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NLT) Be thankful in all circumstances.

Colossians 3:17 (NLT) And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.

Expressing gratitude does several things:

It articulates dependence.

It demonstrates relationship.

It communicates gratitude.

It generates humility.

Five things that happen when we pray:

1. Prayer internalizes the burden.

2. Prayer forces us to wait.

3. Prayer opens our spiritual eyes.

4. Prayer aligns our heart with God’s heart.

5. Prayer enables us to move forward.

‘Talk It Over’

If you’re in a small group using the 40 Days to a Powerful Prayer Life guide, please refer to the questions found on page 72.

Colossians 4:2-6 (NLT) 2Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. 3Pray for us, too, that God will give us many opportunities to speak about his mysterious plan concerning Christ. That is why I am here in chains. 4Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should. 5Live wisely among those who are not believers and make the most of every opportunity. 6Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.

  • Talk about what it means to “devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.”

  • Verse 3 – Do you pray regardless of your circumstances (Paul was in prison) that God would give you opportunities to speak about his mysterious plan concerning Christ? Why/why not? How might doing so change the way you view your circumstances?

  • Have you ever practiced sharing about Christ before? If not, how will you be able to do it if you are not prepared? Practice together in your group or with a friend or family member.

  • Verse 5 – “Live wisely among those who are not believers and make the most of every opportunity.” What does this look like in your life? Discuss ways to live wisely.

Parents – Check out the information on our kid’s page at northpointe.org/kids where you’ll find info on Sunday services and family resources to help you as you navigate this current season.

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