The Greatest De-stressor: Pray

Last week we took our second stress test as we examined Habakkuk 1:12-2:20 and saw how we are to react to the seeming success of the godless. It was helpful to gain perspective that even though people who reject God seem to be prospering… their prosperity is only temporary at best. In the end God will be exalted and sadly, those who continue to reject Him will be granted their wish and live eternally separated from God.

This week we’ll see the greatest de-stressor of all time… learning to pray. Jesus’ very own disciples watched Him praying (talking to God). They saw the calm that it gave Him and the sense of direction for which path to take next. As a result, they asked Jesus to do something that each of us would do well to reflect on, “Lord, teach us to pray.” We close our short study of the book of Habakkuk by hearing Habakkuk’s prayer. Habakkuk 3 allows us to listen in on the previously stressed out prophet’s private conversation with God.

Let’s answer some questions that will help us qualify and quantify what it means to pray:

1. What is prayer?
2. When we pray… what are we saying we believe about God?
3. As one form of praying… how might singing our prayers be helpful (v.1)?
4. How is remembering God’s work in the past helpful (vv.2-16)?
5. How might we incorporate that into our prayers (vv.2-16)?
6. How will incorporating God’s previous work into our prayers impact our stress?
7. What does it mean to focus on the character of God (vv.2-16)?
8. What do vv.17-18 say about our relationship with God?
9. Why is it appropriate to rejoice in God even when things seem difficult/stressful (vv.18-19)?

For some deeper insights follow the link to this commentary… Habakkuk 3.

 

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