And the Place was Shaken (week 18) Wed, Apr 2

Dynamic Prayer Meeting Study Guide (Week 18) 
God-Centered Prayer Recognizes and Responds to God’s Activity and Answers. 
Practice #4 - They Recognized and Responded To His Answers And Activity 
 
Questions 

1. What do you really want out of the Christian life? 
2. What do you expect a walk with God ought to be like? 
3. What should you be experiencing in your prayer life? 
 
A Dynamic Prayer Life Recognizes God’s Activity and Answers 


1. All the spiritual giants of the Bible could recognize God at work. Jesus, Peter in Acts, Solomon at the temple dedication, Paul in the Macedonia call, Abraham in Genesis 22 and a host of others clearly, correctly interpreted God’s activity and knew when He was answering them. 
2. God intends you to increasingly be able to do the same. If you never knew when God was communicating with you, how intimate could your prayer life ever become? If you never knew when God was guiding you, how much could He use you? How exciting will prayer ever be if you aren’t able to interact with God? 
 
What Caused Them to Recognize God? 
 
1. They looked for Him. David only desired one thing and sought it (Ps 27:4). The very first recorded words of Jesus to the disciples were, “What do you seek?” He wanted to know what they were looking for in life. 
2. They expected Him to be working around their life, and to answer them. Those in Acts knew God was in the process of using them to turn the world upside down. That expectation set the direction of their heart to look for God’s activity and assume He would answer them. We can have the same expectation because how God worked with them is how He works with us. 
3. They made the connection. For example, when David fled from Absalom, he asked God to defeat the counsel of his advisor, which God did (2 Sam 15:31-34, 2 Sam 16:20-17:14). Would you have recognized the appearance of Hushai as God’s answer? Too many times we pray then never make the connection to God’s answer. 
4. They responded immediately. Rarely does God give His complete answer by just doing everything for you. When Hushai appeared, that was step one of God’s answer, but step two did not occur until after David responded by sending him to Absalom. Abraham’s servant had to respond to God’s answer by declaring his intent to Rebekah (Gen 24:21-27). You must respond as well. Most of the time, God complete answer does not come until after we have responded. 
 
Focus on God: In leading us, God is always taking us somewhere. Our job is to learn His ways 
so that we recognize it. 
• What have you seen Him doing in inviting us into an intimate relationship with Him? 
• What clear assignment has He revealing to us about working with Him in our community? 
 
Responding to God: Thank God for how real He is and the intimacy that He gives and wants to give. 
 
Kingdom Prayer List: Consider some of the things God may want you to pray for. 
 
1. One another – That our personal walk with God would be strengthened. 
2. Needs in the church. 
3. Doors of opportunity to open with those who are lost. 
4. Revival among God’s people 
 
 
©2005 LifeWay Christian Resources. This study guide was written by John Franklin and is designed to be used in conjunction with his book And the Place Was Shaken: How to Lead a Powerful Prayer Meeting (Broadman and Holman, 2005). Permission is granted for church leaders to download, store, copy, and distribute this document for its intended use. Distribution for sale is strictly prohibited. Purchase And the Place Was Shaken online at www.lifeway.com/shopping

 

And the Place was Shaken (week 17) Wed, Mar 24

Praying For the Lost and Societal Impact 
Practice # 3 - They Sought First the Kingdom 
 
Review: What were practices #1, #2, & #3 they exercised in the prayer meetings of the Bible? 
1. They began by ___________________ ________ _____________. 
2. They responded from the __________________. 
3. They sought ________________ the ___________________. 
 
What Did God Intend? 
1. In order to follow God, we must not only recognize His activity, but we must understand the purpose behind the activity. Based on this truth, why do you think God went to the trouble to send Jesus instead of immediately destroying the world when Adam sinned? Obviously, the purpose of God is to redeem. We cannot sit on the sidelines while people perish (1 Tim 1:15, 1 Tim 2:4, 2 Peter 3:9). 
2. God has determined that our obedience or disobedience will have a great impact on the destiny of many lives (Ezekiel 3:17-21). 
 
The Role of Prayer in Praying For the Lost 
1. Pray that doors of opportunity to reach the lost world will be opened to us (Colossians 4:3, 1 
Corinthians 16:9, 2 Corinthians 2:12). 
2. Prayer sensitizes us to God’s voice to know whom He is convicting and drawing (Acts 8:26-27, 16:6-10). 
3. A life of prayer expands our heart to be like His (Romans 10:1, 9:1-3). 
 
God Answers Prayers for the Lost When We Are Right with Him and One Another 
1. God has always given favor to His church when they are walking in fellowship with Him and one another. That will result in salvation, societal impact, and/or favor with others. Acts 2:47, 5:13, 19:19. It will also result in opposition, but the opposition cannot stand. 
2. Historically in the great revivals, when all God’s people made things right with Him and one  another, there was a massive ingathering of souls. 
3. Not only were lost converted, but society was blessed. Ills afflicting people, such as hunger, broken marriages, drinking, etc. were reduced. 
 
Focus On God 
1. If all those claiming to be Christians were made right with God, what would be the result in the world? What would happen in our church if all of us were right with God? What would happen if everyone took just one step toward Him this week? 
2. Who might God be working in around you? 
 
 Responding To God 
1. Is there anything in your life that is displeasing to God? Is He fingering an attitude, a habit, a broken relationship or something else that needs to be made right? 
2. If you are current in your relationship with God, but sharing your faith scares you, would you at least be willing to do it for His sake? Would you be willing to allow Him to open a door for you this week to share? 
3. Pray about this right now. Also include thanking God for your salvation. 
 
Kingdom Prayer List 
1. One Another – Pray for the spiritual walk of others in your church.
2. Needs of those in the church.
3. Revival among God’s people
4. Doors of opportunity to open with those who are lost. 

 
 
©2005 LifeWay Christian Resources. This study guide was written by John Franklin and is designed to be used in conjunction with his book And the Place Was Shaken: How to Lead a Powerful Prayer Meeting (Broadman and Holman, 2005). Permission is granted for church leaders to download, store, copy, and distribute this document for its intended use. Distribution for sale is strictly prohibited. Purchase And the Place Was Shaken online at www.lifeway.com/shopping