Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Praying for Discernment (1 Kings 3:4-14)

If you discovered a magic lamp (like Aladdin’s), what three wishes would you ask for? (you cannot ask for more wishes)

What values do you think you demonstrated with your wishes?

How do people sometimes treat prayer like Aladdin’s lamp?

As a group, read 1 Kings 3:4-14

Why do you think Solomon offered so many burnt offerings?  What was he trying to communicate or symbolize?

Read Matthew 6:9-13

What words in the Lord’s prayer demonstrate a desire to be forgiven of sin?

How could we make this kind of attitude a part of our regular prayer?

According to 1 Kings 3:6, who was responsible for making Solomon king?

When you pray, how can you praise God for the things he has done for you?

Why do you think Solomon asked for a discerning heart?

What other types of things do you think Solomon might have asked for?  What kinds of things would you have asked for?

If you had great discernment, how might that help you if you didn’t receive the things you asked for in prayer?

The following questions have seemingly obvious answers.  Spend some time talking about the "why".

Which would help Solomon be a better king: riches, military victory, long-life, or discernment?

Which would be better for us: riches, popularity, long-life, or discernment?

If this is true, which is more important to pray for: the things we want or discernment?

Encourage your group to pray throughout the week using “Solomon’s Prayer” as an example.

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