Greetings! Today is Tuesday, January 22, 2019.  David continues this psalm by connecting God’s love to anyone who would call upon the Lord in prayer. David cries out to God knowing that God answers prayers.  What a wonderful blessing it is to know that the prayers of God’s people are heard by a loving God! 

The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?

SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).

DISCOVER (IN LARGE GROUP)

[Psalm 86:5-7]

5 For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you. 6 Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace. 7 In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me.

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I learn?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)

_ How should the knowledge of God’s love impact how we pray? (v 5)
_ In prayer, why is important to remember that God is good and forgiving? (v5)
_ What reasons do you think would cause David to root his prayer in a plea for grace? (v 6)

PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time?

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)