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Episode 9: Jesus’ Prayers

Bring the Word

Read Matthew 6:5-8

  • Who does Jesus tell us to pray to?
  • Who are the hypocrites praying to? Why?
  • Is Jesus saying it is wrong to pray in public?
  • Is it difficult to focus on praying to the Father when others are listening? Why or why not?
  • If our Father knows what we need, why do we pray?

Read Matthew 6:9-15, Luke 11:5-13

  • Who does he pray for?
  • What does he pray for?
  • What additional instruction is provided in Luke?

Read Matthew 26:36-45

  • What instructions from his teaching on how to pray do we see Jesus demonstrating?
  • Did the disciples understand what was about to happen?
  • If they had, would it have changed their effort in prayer?
  • Do we pray for someone else’s trouble the same way we pray for our own?
  • Do you think Jesus was more concerned with the torture leading to His death, or facing the wrath of God for our sins?

Bring it Home

Read John 17:1-18:3

  • Do you think Jesus was praying for His disciples while they had fallen asleep?
  • How do you feel about the fact that Jesus was praying for you while in the middle of a time he described as, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death?”
  • Does this change your perspective on the effect trials have on your prayer life? How?
  • Jesus recognized the importance of having others pray during His trials, how can we pray for you?

Bonus: Matthew 26:36-47, Mark 14:32-43, Luke 22:39-47, and John 17:1-18-3

  • All give accounts to Jesus’ time of prayer before his arrest. How do they differ from each other? Why are these differences important?

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