In Prayer Without Limits, author Elaine Helms encourages Christians to enter into a love relationship with The Lord through deep, meaningful prayer and time in His presence. Helms offers the reader personal experiences and practical tools to help ignite one’s prayer life.
Discussion Questions: These questions are meant to serve as springboards. Please allow discussions to evolve naturally around these topics. You may choose to divide into small groups, pairs or discuss as a large group depending on the intimacy and comfort level of your group.
- Openly discuss your prayer beliefs. What ideas did you grow up with surrounding prayer? How have your prayer beliefs evolved over your Christian life? What do you think a healthy prayer life looks like?
- Discuss some misconceptions regarding prayer. Be willing to examine and discuss if you have ever found yourself in a prayer place that was not healthy to your Christian life. What limitations did you place on God during these unhealthy prayer seasons? How did you realize, or what made you see, that you were misunderstanding the purpose of prayer? What changes did you make? What fruit did you see from realigning yourself with God’s will for our prayer time with Him?
- Discuss these battles we face in developing a rich relational prayer life and share times when you have found yourself in these battles:
- Material Possessions
- Subtle Influences/Distractions
- Discuss the importance of Scripture in the life of a dedicated follower of Christ. How must we approach Scripture, and how can we use it to enrich our prayer lives?
- What are some practical ways that we can fight against these obstacles? What can we set up daily in our lives to guard against these “blind spots?” Share what has been useful to you in breaking out of seasons of prayer obstacles. Encourage one another with testimonies of overcoming and moving toward a rich prayer life.
- Discuss the importance of Christian fellowship. What does fellowship with other believers look like in your life? How do these relationships build up and lead you toward a closer relationship with The Lord?
- Discuss what it looks like to “pray without ceasing.” How can this attitude of prayer and continual conversation with The Lord change our lives? Give examples of times when you were in a habit of continual prayer. Notice and share how you felt about your relationship with The Lord during those times.
- On the other hand, discuss times when you were in a time when prayer was low on your priority list. Give examples of those times. Notice and share how you felt about your relationship with The Lord during those times when you were distant from Him.
- “New believers start out like newborn babies, and some remain at that level without discipleship. However, we are taught to grow up into mature followers of Christ. Those who only listen to others preach or teach the Word and never study it for themselves are still being spoon-fed like infants. To mature, we must become self-feeders, learning how to accurately understand and share with others the meat or truth of God’s Word. At each stage of growth, we learn more about Jesus, until we truly know Him in a joyful, loving relationship.”
Discuss this quote from Chapter 4. Where do you find yourself on this scale of spiritual maturity? How do we go from “newborn babies” to mature “self-feeders?” What daily habits do we see in those who have grown mature in their relationship with The Lord? You may use these points from the book as a guide in your discussion:
- Die to self
- Listen to God and follow Jesus
- Turn loose of the controls
- Grow spiritually
- Become more like Jesus
- Discuss what a pleasure and honor it is to join The Lord in accomplishing His will on Earth through obedience and partnership in prayer. Share times when you felt led to pray Kingdom prayers and the fruit of those experiences. Examine the mission field on which God has placed you. It may be your work environment, your circles of influence or your own home. Encourage one another to be shining lights at all times.
- If you find yourself in a time of distance from The Lord, begin to develop a prayer habit. This may mean a dedicated time during the day to sit and be in His presence. Examine the routines of your daily life and how you can ingrain prayer as one of your routines.
- “Remember His wonders which He has done, His marvels and the judgments uttered by His mouth.” First Chronicles 16:8 goes a step further and says to not only remember but also “make known His deeds among the peoples.”
Keep a prayer journal. Record your prayers and how you see The Lord working in your life. Be bold to share how you see him working with others as an encouragement, as a testimony of the power of prayer and to glorify God.
- Be intentional in our pursuit of Christian fellowship. Seek a group of believers with whom to surround yourself so that you may be continually growing in your spiritual maturity.
- Commit to The Lord any limitations you have placed on His power through your prayer life.
- Repent of any seasons of prayerlessness, forgetfulness, unforgiveness, etc. Ask The Lord to refresh your passion for connection and deep relationship with Him through prayer.
- Ask The Lord to reveal any hidden areas of limitation in your prayer life. Also, ask Him to uncover any “blind spots” or areas of “comfortable sin” that are keeping you from a righteous relationship with Him.
- Pray that The Lord would lead you to a prayer partner or prayer group for encouragement, accountability and fellowship with other believers.