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Ephesians 6:18 “Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. … keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.”

Prayer to a Christian should be as essential as eating or breathing is to every human or animal. Unfortunately, and more often then not, prayer is reduced to an afterthought or ritual. Think about it, how often do we say a quick prayer before a meal or just before going to bed at night? God calls us to pray and wants us to live a life of prayer and intimacy with him. Is your prayer life filled with intimacy? If you are faithful in prayer life with God, we believe that you will see God move in an even greater capacity in your life as well as the lives of those around you.

QUESTION 1. On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate your prayer life? (Explain)
QUESTION 2. How have you seen God at work within your prayer life? (Explain)
CHALLENGE: Make God a priority in your life by offering thanks and praises to Him for his love, power, and majesty! Bring your burdens and sorrows to God because he will bring you rest (Matthew 11:28-30). Come before the Lord in prayer and repentance divulging your most intimate feelings and confessions and see God become an intimate part of your life today!




James 4:8

Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

What are some ways you stay close with your best friend? You probably hang out every day or every few days, talk on the phone if you don’t get to see them, maybe buy them something once in a while, and text them throughout the day. What are some ways you stay close with God? Do you stay close by going to church once a week? Maybe listening to sermons while driving to school? While these are good things, this is the extent most people go to in their relationship with God.

Most of you have experienced a time when you haven’t seen your best friend in a few days. You feel disconnected from them and it doesn’t feel right; well, it is the same with God. When we don’t spend time with Him we become disconnected and everything feels off. God says when we draw near to him then he will draw near to us; it’s time we reconnect with our Savior.

If your relationship with God has been broken for awhile [EITHER broken for a while {noun}OR broken awhile{adverb}], then tell God you are sorry. Pour your heart out to Him and let Him know everything that is consuming your mind. And don’t worry; He can handle it. Start your day off by talking to Him, not checking Facebook, and then read your Bible. Trust me; you will notice a vast difference in your day when you start it out by saturating yourself in His truth and love. Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you.

QUESTION 1. What does your relationship with God look like? Being honest, how often do you pray? How often do you read your Bible or spend time in His presence?
QUESTION 2. What are some tangible things you can put into practice today that will help you draw near to Him?
CHALLENGE: Be in constant communication with God, be in his word, learn more about him, seek him, and as you draw near to him he will draw near to you.




I Thessalonians 5:17

Pray without ceasing.

Brian Welch was a guitarist for the hard rock band Korn. They are well known for their sexually explicit and disturbing lyrics, which even led a reporter for the Chicago Tribune to call the band a bunch of “perverts and psychopaths.” But Brian Welch had a friend who would pray for him daily. He prayed for him for years and one day felt led to give Brian a Bible. To make a long story short, Brian Welch, a previously drug-fueled “pervert”, became a Christian and dropped out of the band. He now tells everyone he can about the love of Jesus.

Stories like this are common around the world. God gets a hold of someone’s life and suddenly previous drug addicts, alcoholics, atheists, and pimps are fully devoted followers of Jesus. Some even become pastors. This is the power of God.

When you start to think that maybe God isn’t hearing your prayers for your best friend who hates religion, or your parents who just don’t understand your whole Jesus thing, know that God is always at work. He can’t, nor does He want to, force someone to love Him but He does work on their heart and in their life. Never stop praying for them. It may seem like God isn’t doing anything, but I can assure you, he is doing something beautiful.

QUESTION 1. Do you know someone whose life has radically been changed by Jesus? Maybe it’s you.
QUESTION 2. Who do you pray for? Have you seen how God is working in their lives?
CHALLENGE: Pray without ceasing and know that God hears it all, and only he has the power to change someone’s life.




1 Peter 5:6-7

Humble yourselves, therefore under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

 There are times when you feel that calling from God to do something crazy and radical with your life, but then you immediately start to worry about where the funds will come from, or how you will even begin to go about it. Your fear and lack of faith turns into an inability to move and follow your heart. For me it was when God called me to do a yearlong mission trip that would cost $15,000. I had never even seen a hundred dollar bill before; how was I going to get that kind of money? But I trusted that God would take care of it and I prayed boldly. Money poured in from the most random people and places. They would say that God moved in their hearts to give me this money. In the end, I had more than enough and I was able to go. My initial fear could’ve resulted in my not following through with God’s awesome plan for my life; but I trusted him and he took care of my every need.

Is there something that you know God wants you to do but you’re scared to step out in faith? Ask God to help you and do it with boldness knowing that he cares for you. Don’t become stagnant and comfortable in your life simply because you doubt that God will pull through for you. He can and he will. You have the God of the universe on your side. With that knowledge, how can you not be bold?

QUESTION 1. Is there some desire that is pulling at you to pursue but you’re too scared?
QUESTION 2. Why are you afraid? Do you think that God won’t pull through for you?
CHALLENGE: Come boldly and humbly before God and pray with faith, because God cares for you and he will always take care of you. Step out in courage.




Matthew 6:33-34

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Fear and worry can come so naturally to us as humans. We like to be in the know of everything that is going on. We like to be in control of every situation. When we aren’t, we stress and panic. God desires more for us. He wants to teach us how to rest in the face of the unknown because He knows every step of the process and the outcome of every situation. The more we seek Him, the more we are able to find rest and peace.

When Jesus tells us to seek Him first, He isn’t saying that for His own personal gain. He tells us to seek Him because He knows what is best for us. He knows you have enough on your plate already and He wants to carry your burdens with you. He wants to offer you what the world and our fear cannot – peace.

You’ve got enough to handle today. Let God handle your future, the unknown, and your worries. Free up your heart and mind to focus on what God has in store for you today. Seek Him every step of the way and He will provide all you need.

QUESTION 1. What do you worry about most?
QUESTION 2. How are your worries keeping you from fully embracing the present?
CHALLENGE: Spend some time each day this week in prayer. Remember, prayer is not just about talking to God, but learning to listen to him!




Isaiah 53:5

“But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.”

I love hearing kids talk about what they want to be when they grow up! Their answers are always so bold and courageous – as though absolutely nothing is impossible! However, as kids grow, they start to lose that spark that once had them asking for the impossible.

The same can be true with what we ask God for. He is the God of the impossible, yet so often it can be difficult for us to come to Him with bold prayers because they seem either too crazy or too small. He wants to hear them all. He wants to step in for us in ways no one else can. There is nothing wrong with coming to Him with bold requests – there is nothing too big for Him to handle. He already cleared the debt of sin that had destined all of humanity to eternal death. That’s a pretty impossible task that He has already accomplished! He can certainly handle any other bold requests we may have.

However, it is always important to remember that God is not a genie that grants our craziest wishes. He knows the absolute best outcome of every situation and the best answer to any prayer. When we align our hearts to Him and learn more about His character and desires, our prayers become bolder because they are more in line with His plans for His people – and He has bold and crazy plans for this world!

QUESTION 1. What stops you from praying bold prayers and asking God for the impossible?
QUESTION 2. If you were to break past those things, what impossible things would you ask God for in the name of Jesus?
CHALLENGE: Spend some time getting to know the heart of God and examine how your bold requests line up with his character. Then come to Him with your bold and impossible requests with faith that He can do it!




1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

 Praying can be hard. Not only are there a thousand distractions that hit you when you try to pray but you can sometimes feel weird talking to someone whom you can’t see. And what if you say something wrong? Yes, it can be awkward, it can be weird, and it can be uncomfortable at first, but keep at it. The more you pray the more comfortable you’ll feel doing it and the more you’ll see God coming through. He says we just need to ask (Matt. 7:7).

Think of prayer not as something where you have to use a lot of flowery Christian phrases, or sound like your pastor, but as a conversation with a friend. Spill your heart out, tell God what’s bothering you, and be honest with him even if you’re suffering from doubts. He already knows everything. He just wants you to talk with Him. There is nothing you can tell him that will shock Him. Prayer is such a great way to maintain a beautiful and close relationship with God. Think about it; you wouldn’t say someone was your friend if you never talked with him or her, so how can you say it about God? Start praying today and listen as God answers you.

QUESTION 1. How often do you talk with God? Be honest with yourself. Is it once a day, once a week, or only when you pray along with your pastor at church?
QUESTION 2. Why is prayer hard for you? Are you too distracted? Do you not know what to say?
CHALLENGE: Take time to pray every day. Find an environment that is good for you, whether it is a walk through the woods or powering down all your devices and sitting in silence. Pray, pray, then pray some more.




John 15:7

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

If you’ve ever been on a mission trip you know the incredible spiritual high you get. You’re so focused, so close to God, so passionate and so alive. But you also know the post mission trip crash. You come back home and nothing seems clear anymore. You become distracted again by the popularity contest of school, Netflix, Instagram, and suddenly the great relationship and passion that you gained for God is gone.

Why is it that once we come back from mission trips things seem to change back so rapidly? The problem lies in our lack of relationship with God. On the mission trips we have Bible studies, we pray a lot, worship, and witness to people; so of course we feel close to God. But do we continue that back in our everyday lives? Usually not.

We need to make sure that when we return home we press even more into studying God’s word and talking with him. Communication is key in great relationships, so why do we so often neglect this most important aspect: talking with God? Even when it seems tedious, or boring, continue reading your Bible every single day and I promise God will bless you. Talk with Him every day too, as if talking with a friend, even when it feels like He isn’t listening. He is, and you will be blessed for that, too.

QUESTION 1. What do you think is distracting you from a close relationship with God? Make a list and then make some changes in your life.
QUESTION 2. Do you spend time with God every day? Worshipping, reading your Bible, praying?
CHALLENGE: Pray and read your Bible daily in order to keep that communication line open with Him and you will find the “mission trip” joy and passion in your everyday life.




1 Kings 19:11-12

So he said, “Go forth and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing.

In the noise of life it can be so hard to hear God. We pack our days full of things we have to get done and then go, go, go all day until we hit the pillow, and then our minds are thinking about tomorrow. Where does God fit in all this? All the while God is telling us to slow down and listen to him, though we are much too busy for that.

Do you make time during your busy schedule to just sit and be with God? It’s hard, isn’t it? Our minds just can’t slow down. We have to be intentional in making that time or pretty soon we find it has been weeks without saying a single word to our Creator.

Find some time every day, whether in the morning before you start your day or in the evening when all is done, to spend quiet time talking with God. He has so much to say to us but we have almost completely drowned out His voice with our noise. Quiet yourself for a while each day and bask in the peace and wisdom of your Father who will show you exactly what you need to do with each and every busy day.

QUESTION 1. How often do you spend time with God? A few times a week? Only on Sundays?
QUESTION 2. Is it hard for you to just be still and quiet for a while? Ask God to help you quiet your mind.
CHALLENGE: In the craziness of your life, look for the small, quiet moments where God is moving. Make specific time and space to listen to the low whisper of God and you will find your life richly blessed because of it.
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