Prayer: First Priority

When I live under the authority of Jesus:

  1. Prayer is the PRIORITY. (Mk 1:38)

  2. How to make prayer MY priority: (Mk 1:35)

    1. Don't make prayer the LAST thing you do.
      Make prayer the FIRST thing you do.

    2. Don't hope that you get a CHANCE to pray.
      Be INTENTIONAL about praying.

    3. Don't allow DISTRACTIONS. Go somewhere where prayer is all you FOCUS on.

Matthew 6:6 - But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Mark 1:35-39

  1. Does prayer seem like a chore to you? Why or why not? Why do you think most Christians struggle with prayer?
  2. What stands out to you about Jesus’ example in prayer? Why do you think Jesus made prayer such a priority? What does that tell you about the way we should make prayer a priority?

Breakout Questions:

  1. What is your “prayer plan”? Do you have one? What changes do you need to make to pray like Jesus’ example: first, intentional, and distraction­-free?
  2. Pray for one another.