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Key Thought:

God always answers our prayers, even if it’s not how we want them answered.

Key Quote

“Let’s get ready to receive what we want God to give us.”- Pastor Bil Cornelius

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
  • What’s your favorite worship song right now?
  • What is your favorite cereal?
  • Would you rather live in a big city or in a smaller, rural town?
  • What is your dream car?

Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.
  • Does God always answer prayers? Why or why not?
  • How do you trust God when you don’t seem to be hearing from him?
  • What does it look like to be a disciple of Christ?
  • How do we stay faithful when sometimes God says to wait or answers no?

Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.
  • When was a time that God answered your prayers, but not in the way you expected?
  • How did you manage being in a waiting period during unanswered prayer?
  • How are you preparing yourself to receive God’s answer to your prayers?
  • How do you balance wanting more with contentment that Jesus is enough?

Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

Dear Jesus, thank you for always answering our prayers and caring for us in our time of need. We trust you, even when things don’t make sense. In your name we pray, Amen.

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
  • Take time each morning to say a prayer to God. Continue to pray and practice having faith in the midst of your trials.
  • Write down on paper the things you’re going to God in prayer over. Create an action plan on preparing yourself to receive God’s answer.
  • Instill a habit of persistence by praying specific prayer requests every day this week.
  • Invite someone to be your prayer warrior and pray together over your needs this week.


“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7 NLT

“I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.” Psalm 116:1-2 NIV

For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory. 2 Corinthians 1:20 NLT

Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. Psalm 55:22 NIV

I want to know Christ…I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead! Philippians 3:10-11 NLT

Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous.. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord. Psalm 27:14 NLT

“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

That is why I am suffering here in prison. But I am not ashamed of it, for I know the one in whom I trust… 2 Timothy 1:12a NLT

So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord! Psalm 31:24 NLT

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