Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Prayer = Delighting in God!

This week, our Prayer of Preparation is Psalm 73:25-26.  Pray those verses before we begin.

How do you define “delight”?  If someone were to delight in you, what would they do?  Do you delight in the Lord?  How?

Now compare your methods of delighting in God with His definition of how to delight in Him:  read Nehemiah 1:11; Psalm 1:1-3; Psalm 40:8; Psalm 111:2; Jeremiah 15:16.  How will what you’ve read in these verses change the way you delight in God?

Here are a few verses of Scripture that reveal contrasts in what God delights in and what He doesn’t:  1 Samuel 15:20-22; Proverbs 11:20; Proverbs 15:8; Hosea 6:6.  What does He delight in?  What doesn’t delight Him?

The opposite of delight is discontent.  In Numbers 11:4-8 and Psalm 78:17-18, how did Israel show their discontent with God?  How do you show your lack of delight in God?

As we contemplate prayer, what are some qualities God delights in that lead to a more intimate prayer life?  What steps will you take to renew your delight in God?

In our Prayer of Preparation, the psalmist declared his first desire was whatever pleased God.  How may we make this our desire, too?  What action will you take to deliberately focus on what pleases God rather than what pleases you?

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