HOW DID WE SEEK GOD’S FACE THROUGH PRAYER AND SEE HIS HAND AT WORK THIS WEEK?

WHAT DID GOD SAY IN HIS WORD?

A Psalm of David. The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, 2 for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.

3 Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. 5 He will receive blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of his salvation. 6 Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah

7 Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. 8 Who is this King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, mighty in battle! 9 Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. 10 Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory! Selah

Recall from Sunday:

As we rest in the control of the Creator (24:1-2), we seek God’s face (3-6) and release his presence on earth (7-10).

Reflect:

Is there any part of your life where God feels absent? Where he doesn’t seem to be in control? Why does it feel that way? What are you doing about it?

WHAT DID GOD SAY TO ME THROUGH HIS WORD?

God established the stability of earth over the chaos of the waters (24:2). Does your life feel stable and orderly or chaotic and uncertain? Do you believe God still brings order into the world? How can we grow in trust in God’s control over our lives?

God’s presence is available to those with clean hands and pure hearts (24:3-4). Have you ever hidden from God because you felt ashamed or unworthy to talk to him? How did you find your way back to him? What makes you “clean” before God? How can you hold on to that?

Prayer invites the presence of God into our lives (24:7). Often we do not have because we do not ask God (James 4:2). Are there things in your life you haven’t asked God to help with? How can you invite him into more of your life?

WHAT DOES GOD WANT ME TO DO ABOUT IT?

As a prayer exercise, every time you pray this week, pause after you address God (saying “dear Father” or “heavenly Father” or however you pray). Before you say anything more, reflect on just who it is you are talking to. Remember that he is your creator and the creator of all things. Remember he holds your life in his hands. And then pray. See if your trust in God grows!

Use your prayer time together as a group to identify new prayers. Perhaps there are parts of your lives you are struggling with because you haven’t invited God in. Spend time praying new prayers to God.