The SOVEREIGNTY of God
When we are facing a trial, we must start with the realization that God knows the future and will ultimately determine what our future holds. If we are going to work through our own tragedy, we must trust that:
God is in complete control.
PRAYING to a SOVEREIGN God
How should we pray when we are in the midst of a trial? Christians should focus on three types of prayers which will unleash the power of God:
PRAYER for SURRENDER:
God, examine my heart and hands.
PRAYER for ASSURANCE:
God, calm my fears.
PRAYER for JUSTICE:
God, pay back my enemy.
1. What is one of your greatest fears? Many people (especially men), don’t like to admit their fears, but if we are honest, we must admit that we all fear something. Be vulnerable with the group and share a past fear you have had or a fear you are dealing with right now.
2. Why does God tell us not to fear (Isaiah 35:4; 41:10,13-14; 43:1; Psalm 23:4; 27:1; 118:6-7; John 14:27; 2 Timothy 1:7; Joshua 1:9; Deuteronomy 3:22; 31:6; Romans 8:38-39)? Discuss the main reasons given to us.
3. What does God want us to do when we are afraid (Isaiah 56:3; Philippians 4:6-7; Psalm 34:4; 94:19; Matthew 6:34; 1 Peter 3:14; Mark 5:36)? Are you willing to take the steps needed to overcome your own anxiety? Will you follow God’s blueprint for peace for your soul?
4. God consistently warns us to leave retaliation up to Him and in His timing (1 Peter 3:9; 1 Thess. 5:15; Deut. 32:35; Heb. 10:30; Lev. 19:18; Proverbs 20:22; Romans 12:19; Psalm 94:1-2). Why is it important to patiently trust that God will eventually pay back your enemy?
Applying the Bible
5. If you are going through a trial right now, have you surrendered your will to God? Have you prayed to God and given Him control over the outcome of your life? Why do you think it is difficult to release control over to God?
6. It is time to overcome one of your fears. This week, name your fear and use God’s power to overcome the fear with love and self-discipline. What can you do to show God that you will trust in Him?