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Key Thought:

Live your life like God is on your side.

Key Quote

“Your misery becomes your ministry.” –Pastor Bil Cornelius

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
  • If you could live anywhere in the world for one year where would it be?
  • What is your favorite store to shop at?
  • What’s the first thing you want to do when you retire?
  • What is your favorite Christmas tradition?

Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.
  • What does it mean to live “highly favored”?
  • Why is prayer so important?
  • Why is it important to seek wise counsel in the church?
  • Why should we trust in God’s will over our own will?

Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.
  • Do you live your life like God is truly with you? How would your life look different if you lived with that truth in mind?
  • What is something crazy that God laid on your heart recently? How can you stay focused on the “what” while trusting God to show you the “how”?
  • Tell the group about a time when God confirmed His will through godly people.
  • What could 100 hours of prayer do for you?

Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

Dear Jesus, thank you for having a good plan for our life. Help us to live in faith and live out your will for our lives. In your name we pray, Amen.

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
  • Pastor Bil shared about his 100 hours of prayer in today’s message. Commit to praying one hour weekly over the next five weeks!
  • Pray for God to show you what He wants you to do in the season you are in right now.
  • Share with a trusted friend or mentor something God has laid on your heart and ask them for advice on doing what it is God is leading you to do.
  • Create a list of affirmations from God’s word so that you can know that God is with you!


In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Luke 1:26-28 NIV

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” Luke 1:29-33 NIV

“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Luke 1:34-35 NIV

Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.” “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. Luke 1:36-38 NIV

Praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:47 NIV

Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. Proverbs 15:22 NIV

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