Thoughtful Action: Discussion from Sunday's Sermon

Why I Love to Pray…Sometimes

Luke 18:9-14


He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt:


1.    Prayer reminds me that God is different than I am.

·      Are you trusting in Christ alone for your righteousness in justification? How about in sanctification?

·      Why is it so easy for people to think that they’ve got a better standing with God because of their talents, efforts, successes, etc.?

·      How can somebody be humble in prayer and yet come boldly to the throne of grace? (see Hebrews 4:16)


2.    Prayer reminds me that I’m just like everybody else.

·      Why is it good to be able to say the same things about yourself that the Pharisee said? What difference does that make in prayer?

·      Why is it bad to say what he said about himself in comparing himself with the tax collector? 

·      What do you notice that is strangely missing from the Pharisee’s prayer?

·      Why is it important to remember that we are all sinners even though not all sins are the same?


3.    Prayer reminds me that God is for me.

·      This story seems to be encouraging us to pray so that God would exalt us.  Is it ok to pray in a way with that motive? Or should you always only pray with no benefits in mind for yourself?

·      Name the most important thing you learned about prayer from these two stories in Luke 18.  What specific changes are you going to make in your prayer life as a result?