The Power of Prayer

The Power of Prayer

Session Overview (for facilitators): This session focuses on the power of prayer to bring us into an intimate relationship with God and with one another. This relationship is possible only because God gave his Son, Jesus, who draws all men, women, and children into a relationship with Him. Jesus desires this relationship with each of us, and is at the heart of who we are as Christians. Prayer has the power to transform our lives, our relationships, and our homes.

 

Opening Prayer:

Good and Gracious God, from the very beginning of time you made man and woman to live in loving relationship with you and one another. The family, created to be a reflection of your love, is meant to continue your mission in the world. Be with us today as we reflect on the power of prayer to transform our relationships and our homes. Draw each member of our family into an intimate relationship with you and one another through prayer. Help us to know we can always turn to you, even in the midst of struggles and challenges, knowing wherever two or three are gathered in your name, you are present. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

 

Scripture Reading:
The Gospel according to John (3:14-21):

Jesus said to Nicodemus:
“Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert,
so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might not perish
but might have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through him.
Whoever believes in him will not be condemned,
but whoever does not believe has already been condemned,
because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
And this is the verdict,
that the light came into the world,
but people preferred darkness to light,
because their works were evil.
For everyone who does wicked things hates the light
and does not come toward the light,
so that his works might not be exposed.
But whoever lives the truth comes to the light,
so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.

The Gospel of the Lord:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Reflection Video with Lyrics: (or choose your own)

 

For Facilitator Use (May share with group when introducing the video): The song, Restless, draws our attention to the beauty of prayer. Prayer brings us into an intimate relationship with God, through Jesus Christ. It is the desire of the human heart and the place where we find love, peace, joy, and rest. We will now listen to this song and reflect on where we find rest.

 

Restless by Audrey Assad:

Or, God So Loved the World, which focuses on our need to love others as God has loved us.

 

God So Loved the World by Charles Billingsley:

 

Lead into the session video with these group discussion questions:

  1. When has prayer brought you rest, peace, truth, light or a sense of God’s love?
  2. How does God’s love draw you into prayer?
  3. What is your favorite prayer? Why?

Please show the Session Video: The Power of Prayer by Mary Pedersen

 

 

Discussion Questions:

  1. How did you experience prayer as a child in your family?
  2. How would you describe prayer?
  3. How does your family now pray together? In what ways, could prayer change your family?
  4. What relationship would you most like to nourish or deepen through prayer?
  5. How can you make your prayer more like a conversation?
  6. Name at least one new way you will grow in family prayer.
  7. What was most helpful from this session?

Closing Song: I Send You Out by John Angotti

 

 

Closing Prayer: Holy Family Prayer

Let us pray with expectant faith for the growth of the faith of our families and the transformation of the Archdiocese of Dubuque.

 

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

in contemplating your example of love,

we wish to follow your way of holiness.

 

Holy Family of Nazareth,

may each family of the Archdiocese of Dubuque

discover, embrace, and live its true vocation

as the domestic church—the place of intimate communion and prayer.

 

Holy Family of Nazareth,

may each home become an authentic school of the Gospel,

may each table provide rich and satisfying nourishment, and

may each hearth extend compassionate love and mercy.

 

Holy Family of Nazareth,

make us every mindful of each family’s call to holiness

and beauty.

 

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, give us the desire to make our families more like yours.

Help each family realize that family matters and our mission is love.

 

We ask this through Christ, our Lord.

Amen.