Hold Nothing Back – Part 2: Be Bold

Hold Nothing Back – Part 2: Be Bold

Be Bold
Hold Nothing Back – Part 2
October 31-November 1, 2020
Steve Tanner

“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” Hebrews 4:16 (p.922)

  • I Can Be Bold When I Pray God’s Word.

Praying God’s Word helps me:

  1. Pray God-aligned

“But If you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask anything you want, and it will be granted.” John 15:7 (p.824)

“And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him.” 1 John 5:14 (p.943)

  1. Pray focused
  2. Pray fresh
  3. Pray bold

“O Lord, God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps his covenant of unfailing love with those who love him and obey his commands, listen to my prayer!
Please remember what you told your servant Moses: ‘If you are unfaithful to me, I will scatter you among the nations. But if you return to me and obey my commands and live by them, then even if you are exiled to the ends of the earth, I will bring you back to the place I have chosen for my name to be honored.’” Nehemiah 1:5-6a, 8-9 (p.371)

To Pray God’s Word.

  • Pray prayers found IN God’s Word.

I… pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 1:19-20 (p.895)

  • Pray prayers guided BY God’s Word.

“The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.” Psalm 23:1-3 (p.423)

  • Have a conversation with God.
    • Read your Bible.
    • Respond in prayer.
    • Repeat the process.

“The Spirit of God will use the Word of God to help the people of God pray increasingly according to the will of God.” – Donald S. Whitney. Praying the Bible

Next Step:  ___ This week I will pray for my neighbors and our leaders as I pray through this passage from God’s Word:

“Pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.” 1 Timothy 2:1-2 (p.910)

Praying God’s Word with prayers found in the Bible

There are at least 650 prayers found in the Bible: God’s Word to us. Some of them are just one verse while some are much longer. Below are references to a few of them. As you read them, simply follow our guidelines for having a conversation with God by praying God’s Word:

  1. Read the passage–God’s Word to you–verse by verse.
  2. Respond to what you read with your prayer back to God.
  3. Repeat the process as you read through the passage.
  • Ephesians 1:16–23
  • Matthew 26:39
  • Numbers 6:22-26
  • Ephesians 3:14-20
  • Psalm 51:7, 10-12
  • Acts 4:23-30
  • Nehemiah 1:5-9
  • Philippians 1:9-11
  • Colossians 1:9-12
  • Psalm 139:1-2, 33-34
  • Matthew 6:9-13
  • 1 Thessalonians 3:9–13
  • Hebrews 13:20–21
  • Psalm 119:33-37
  • Ephesians 6:19-20
  • 2 Timothy 2:1-4

I am praying for you as you pray boldly through God’s Word.

Pastor Steve


Discussion/Groups Guide from the Weekend Talk

From the Weekend Talk of October 31-November 1, 2020
Hold Nothing Back – Part 2: Be Bold

 

Lif­e Groups use these questions to go deeper into what we talked about this weekend. Dig into them so you will be ready for the discussion at your Life Group. If you are not in a Group, find out more at alivechurch.com/groups.

You can also use this guide to discuss the Talk with your family or friends.

Conversation Starters

  • What is prayer?
  • Did you have “go-to” memorized prayers in your family as you were growing up? Were they helpful?
  • Does prayer ever seem boring to you?
  • When are your prayers most vibrant?

Qui­­ck Review

  • Looking back at your Talk Notes, was there anything you heard in the service that stood out or maybe even confused you?

Discussion Starters from the Weekend Talk

Refer to the Talk Notes and related Bible verses from this Weekend’s Talk Notes.

The One Thing from the weekend Talk that Pastor Steve taught was:I Can Be Bold When I Pray God’s Word

  • Read Hebrews 4:16 (p.922).
  • What is boldness? Who do you know who is bold?
  • What’s the difference between boldness and arrogance?
  • Have you ever felt like you were praying timid prayers?
  • In what areas of your life have you been bold?

Steve introduced four of the many benefits of praying God’s Word. He said, “Praying God’s Word helps me…”

  1. Pray God-aligned prayers. John 15:4-8 (p.824) and 1 John 5:14 (p.943)
    • Why is it important to align our prayers with God?
    • What kind of prayers do you think align with God?
    • What is a prerequisite to God “granting” our prayer?
    • The two imperative actions in this passage are found in verse 4, “remain,” and in verse 7, “ask.”
      • How do you “remain in Jesus?” does it seem logical that “remain” precedes “ask?”
      • When have you felt like you were really “in the zone” with Jesus and you were super-connected to Him?
      • When have you felt disconnected?
  1. Pray focused prayers.
    • How do you stay focused when you pray?
    • What are some of your most bothersome distractions?
  2. Pray fresh prayers.
    • Do you ever find yourself praying the same old way about the same old things—like you’re just “pressing PLAY” on a prerecorded prayer?
    • Is it okay to pray about the same things over and over? See Matthew 6:7 (p.737*)
      • In this verse, is Jesus telling us not to pray about the same THINGS?
    • How do you keep your prayers fresh? Is that even necessary?
  3. Pray bold prayers. See Nehemiah 1:4-9 (p.371*)
    • How was Nehemiah’s prayer bold?
    • Why do you think Nehemiah quoted from God’s Word to Moses? See Deuteronomy 28:64 (p.161*) and 30:4 (p.162*)
      • How was this helpful to his prayer?

Digging Deeper and Walking the Talk

  • Steve also spoke of how we can actually begin to pray God’s Word. He suggested two basic steps in the strategy:
    • Pray prayers found IN God’s Word. The example was from Psalm 23:1-3 (p.423*)
    • Pray prayers guided BY God’s Word. The example was from Ephesians 1:19-20 (p.895*)
  • Take some time now in your group to actually pray through these passages or choose more from the list provided below.
    When you pray

    • Read the passage – God’s Word to you – verse by verse.
      • Or even phrase by phrase. The idea is to break it down into bite-sized pieces with a back-and-forth conversation.
    • Respond to what you read with your prayer back to God.
      • Don’t worry about verses you do not understand.
      • Don’t overthink this. Just have a conversation with God.
      • Let Him lead with His Word. Then you respond.
    • Repeat the process as you read through the passage.

A few of the over 650 prayers found in the Bible.

  • Ephesians 1:16–23
  • Matthew 26:39
  • Numbers 6:22-26
  • Ephesians 3:14-20
  • Psalm 51:7, 10-12
  • Acts 4:23-30
  • Philippians 1:9-11
  • Nehemiah 1:5-9
  • Colossians 1:9-12
  • Psalm 139:1-2, 33-34
  • Matthew 6:9-13
  • 1 Thessalonians 3:9–13
  • Hebrews 13:20–21
  • Psalm 119:33-37
  • Colossians 4:3-4
  • Ephesians 6:19-20

Next Step

My Next Step:

___ This week I will pray for my neighbors and our leaders as I pray through this passage from God’s Word:

“Pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.” 1 Timothy 2:1-2 (p.910)

What’s Ahead

  • This week Pastor Jeff Love begins a new series “Nehemiah” as we explore the extraordinary things God did through Nehemiah who was inspired by God with a vision to do the good work.


* The Life Transformation Bible is the New Living Translation of the Bible, including many useful tools to help you better understand God’s Word, including our own Alive Church Life Transformation Discipleship Plan. They are available FREE. Let us know if you’d like to have one.