Week 1: Ask Anything
Funny Opener (if you want): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVBBpM-SXX4
If you’re married… of you’ve had any experience in talking to the opposite sex period… you probably know by now that men and women speak different languages! The guy thinks it’s all about the “facts.” Women know it’s all about the “tone,” right? We learn early on in marriage that communicating properly is important. What about our relationship with God? Does God always hear our prayers? Is it true that if we ask for anything with enough faith, we’ll get it? What does God expect from us in prayer, and what can we expect from Him in answering our prayers? Let’s dive in to this week’s TWISTED Scripture!
Read John 14:13. “You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father.” Does this verse actually mean we can ask for anything and God has to give it to us? Why or why not?
The speaker mentioned three ways to interpret Scripture properly. What were these three things? (ANSWER: Understand the Context, Interprest Verses with Other Bible Verses, & Apply What we Learn)
Read John 20:31. “But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.” What does this verse have to say about why the Gospel of John was written? How does knowing this help you understand our TWISTED verse, John 14:13?
Read Mark 11:25. “But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too. The speaker said Sunday that our relationships matter when it comes to our prayers. What does this verse tell us about how our relationships with others affect our relationship with God?
The speaker also said that our motives matter. Read James 4:3. “And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.” What are some “wrong motives” that might hinder or obstruct your prayers to God?
Read James 1:6-7. “But when you ask Him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.” The speaker said that our faith matters when we pray. What is faith? How does it impact our prayers?
When we pray, God’s will matters most. Read 1 John 4:14-15. “And we are confident that He hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases Him. And since we know He hears us when we make our requests, we also know that He will give us what we ask for.” How do we know what pleases God? How does knowing what pleases God help us pray with more confidence?
God never does anything without a “so that.” He created us “so that” we would glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Jesus died for us “so that” our sins would be forgiven. Jesus rose again “so that” God could glorify His Son and “so that” we could have eternal life with God. Our prayers have a “so that” as well. John 14:13 says, “You can ask for anything in My name, and I will do it, so that the Son can being glory to the Father.” This week, write out your prayers. Then ask yourself, with each specific prayer, if it glorifies God and is in His will. If it is, then pray with even greater confidence that God will answer your prayer! If it isn’t, then change your prayer. If you’re not sure, then ask God for wisdom in that particular area or with that specific request. As you trust in Him, He will shed light tomorrow on what seems dark today.
CHANGING YOUR MIND
You can ask for anything in My name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father… John 14:13