February 16 – 22

Weekly Reading for February 16 – 22

Preparing for Next Week’s Message

Sermon Series: Navigating Life's Surprises
Sermon Title: Surprised by the Weight of the Work

This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on February 23, 2020:


Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon

Sermon Series: Navigating Life's Surprises
Sermon Title: Surprised by the Power of Prayer
Delivered On: February 16, 2020

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Memorize and Reflect

When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. (Nehemiah 1:4)


Prayer Direction

Ask God to move you to pray more than you have ever before. Ask the Holy Spirit to draw you to prayer in the normal flow of life (in the highs and lows). Ask God to grow you in boldness and confidence when you pray so that you will be fearless and certain of God's presence and power as you pray.


“Live It!” Challenge

Pray the Word of God: As you read the book of Nehemiah this week, stop and pray about themes and truths that strike you as you are reading.


Small Group Discussion

  1. Who taught you to pray? Describe what they taught you about prayer.

  2. How has your understanding of prayer changed or deepened over the years you have followed Jesus?

  3. Read: Nehemiah 1:4-7. What do you learn from Nehemiah’s prayer of confession? How can Nehemiah’s example guide and grow your prayers of confession?

  4. Read: Nehemiah 1:10-11. What do you notice about how Nehemiah prays in this passage and how is he bold to ask for God’s success and favor? How can the example of Nehemiah help shape and grow the way you ask God to work in your life and the lives of those you love?

  5. Read: Nehemiah 2:4-5. Describe how you imagine Nehemiah prayed in this specific moment? What are the times you should be praying right in the flow of life?

  6. Read: Nehemiah 6:9. What is one area of your life you need to be praying for God’s power and how can your group members join you in this prayer?

  7. Read: Nehemiah 9:32-34. Describe the brutal honesty Nehemiah prays with. What are ways we try to soften the truth about us and others when we pray? Why is this unwise?

  8. Read: Nehemiah 12:27. Why is it important for us to lift up prayers of praise and celebration to God? What helps you praise God more?

  9. Read: Nehemiah 13:14 & Nehemiah 13:22. Why do you think Nehemiah is asking God to remember him? How could you begin lifting up “Remember Me” prayers?

  10. Who taught you to pray? Describe what they taught you about prayer.

  11. How has your understanding of prayer changed or deepened over the years you have followed Jesus?

  12. Read: Nehemiah 1:4-7. What do you learn from Nehemiah’s prayer of confession? How can Nehemiah’s example guide and grow your prayers of confession?

  13. Read: Nehemiah 1:10-11. What do you notice about how Nehemiah prays in this passage and how is he bold to ask for God’s success and favor? How can the example of Nehemiah help shape and grow the way you ask God to work in your life and the lives of those you love?

  14. Read: Nehemiah 2:4-5. Describe how you imagine Nehemiah prayed in this specific moment? What are the times you should be praying right in the flow of life?

  15. Read: Nehemiah 6:9. What is one area of your life you need to be praying for God’s power and how can your group members join you in this prayer?

  16. Read: Nehemiah 9:32-34. Describe the brutal honesty Nehemiah prays with. What are ways we try to soften the truth about us and others when we pray? Why is this unwise?

  17. Read: Nehemiah 12:27. Why is it important for us to lift up prayers of praise and celebration to God? What helps you praise God more?

  18. Read: Nehemiah 13:14 & Nehemiah 13:22. Why do you think Nehemiah is asking God to remember him? How could you begin lifting up “Remember Me” prayers?

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