The Ridge Church
Faith that Prays
Bible Study Outline for 9:00 a.m. June 16, 2019.
Locations & Times
  • The Ridge Church
    7350 Old Hwy 13, Carbondale, IL 62901, USA
    domingo 9:00 AM, domingo 9:00 AM
Living by Faith: Women Who Trusted God

Session 1 Rahab: Courageous Faith
Session 2 Deborah: Encouraging Faith
Session 3 Hannah: Faith That Prays
Session 4 Abigail: Intervening Faith
Session 5 The Poor Widow: Faith That Gives
Session 6 The Samaritan Woman: Faith Worth Sharing
The Point

Pray with confidence; God hears.
The Bible Meets Life

When problems arise, many people become paralyzed with worry or angst. Others determine to fix the problems themselves. Unfortunately, not every situation in life is easily fixed or corrected. In those moments, many just accept the situation or let worry take over. But faith in God offers a far better approach: trust. Hannah shows us the value of exercising our faith in God by praying to Him for the answer we need.
The Setting

The Book of 1 Samuel presents the historical bridge from the judges until the death of Israel’s first king, Saul. Samuel’s father was Elkanah; his mother was Hannah who was childless at that time. Hannah prayed confidently; God heard her prayer and gave her a son, Samuel. As soon as he was weaned, Hannah gave Samuel to the Lord by delivering him to live and serve with Eli the priest.
When have you actually enjoyed waiting for some- thing?
What do you appreciate about Hannah’s prayer?

When have you prayed for something for a long time?
What characteristics of God give you assurance to trust Him?

What obstacles to prayer do we sometimes face?
What part of Hannah’s story is most encouraging to you right now?

When has God answered a prayer in such awayitwas obvious He was at work?

How have you seen God work through prayer in our group?
Live It Out

Pray. If you’re not in the habit of praying,
begin. Do more than just offer quick,
casual prayers; set aside time each day for an interrupted conversation with God with no distractions.

Pray with others. Share your needs with others and pray together. “Again, truly I tell you, if two of you on earth agree about any matter that you pray for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there among them” (Matthew 18:19-20).

Pray with a journal. Begin a prayer journal or write down your prayer requests. Record Scriptures that speak of God’s character and His plans for your life. Journal about the ways you see God working in the midst of your need.

Wrap It Up

Many of us have deep needs. But, as Hannah discovered, prayer opens the way for God to work. Take time to seek God’s face about your needs and trust that He hears and will answer.