Approach – More to Grow On

If you enjoyed the Approach small group study, we’ve got more great resources that dig deeper into the main takeaway of each lesson.

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Why Is Prayer so Hard? We’ve all asked this question. We know we should pray, we often have a desire to pray more, but when it comes to actually doing it, we struggle. At least, I do. And some seasons are better than others. But why is that? This article gives us seven reasons why we find prayer so hard.

Just as we can’t build a relationship with someone we have only heard about, we can’t have a true relationship with God unless we communicate with him. How to Cultivate Friendship with God is a talk given by Tim Keller that uses the Psalms as a guide to how to pray. He explains that God invites us to have an intimate relationship with him through prayer, and tells us why and how that is possible. As you listen, you may find yourself, like me, understanding prayer and your relationship with God in a new and intimate way.

 

In this video, Prayer as a Way of Walking in Love, Francis Chan shares his personal experience with prayer. He talks about how important it is to come to prayer with a desire to be spending time with God, and how the relational aspect of a good prayer life can actually draw us closer to God than Scripture (or, at least, he has sometimes felt that way).

Are Certain Prayers Just a Waste of Time? This article addresses the common question: does God care about my small problems? We can often find ourselves feeling greedy or foolish for asking God to help us with the trivial things of the day-to-day. But we are encouraged to remember that God cares about us, and so he wants to hear from us and to know what is on our minds.

 

Prayerwalking the Campus suggests ways that we can use prayer walking to connect with God in the very place that we hope to see him working. In order to see an impact on our campus, we need prayer, and this is one way that we can be engaged with the ministry outside of evangelism. As this article suggests, prayer walking can help us to see our mission through God’s eyes.

Have you ever thought about fasting as a way to improve your prayer life? This Personal Guide to Fasting from Cru is a thorough and practical guide that explains the purpose and means of fasting. There is also lots of clear advice on the best and healthiest ways to try it, along with some other resources on nutrition and diet for fasting.

 

Prayer and the Victory of God is a message from John Piper about the connection between our personal prayer lives and God’s ultimate victory. He reminds us, first and foremost, that God’s victory is our greatest hope. In light of that, we are able to see our own problems in connection to the victory of God. He urges us to broaden the scope of our prayers so that we can see God move in our world.

As the brokenness of our world seems to increase, and tragedies multiply, prayer seems to have become an automatic (and often half-hearted or empty) response to our world’s problems. Do you ever feel like action is more necessary than prayer to solve issues like famine, poverty, and disease? No, Prayer Isn’t Just Another Form of Slacktivism, as this article states. Prayer is powerful and necessary. In fact, prayer inspires action.

 

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