1. The sermon on Sunday was all about power, how the power of this world is limited, but the power of Jesus is limitless. Just as an icebreaker, can you remember a time you lost power at your house, or your car battery died, or your cell phone died? How did you feel?
2. This week, we were asked to do one action just for Jesus, to “work for the food that stays good always and gives eternal life” (John 6:27). What was the one thing you did?
There are some reasons why people don’t want to rely on God. Maybe they’re afraid of what He’ll ask of them, or maybe they don’t trust Him. Let’s spend some time learning about some reasons why we should rely on God for power. The following passage lists numerous reasons. Please look for three reasons and be ready to list them after we read.
Matthew 6:25-34 (New International Readers Version)
25 “I tell you, do not worry. Don’t worry about your life and what you will eat or drink. And don’t worry about your body and what you will wear. Isn’t there more to life than eating? Aren’t there more important things for the body than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air. They don’t plant or gather crops. They don’t put away crops in storerooms. But your Father who is in heaven feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than they are? 27 Can you add even one hour to your life by worrying?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the wild flowers grow. They don’t work or make clothing. 29 But here is what I tell you. Not even Solomon in all his royal robes was dressed like one of these flowers. 30 If that is how God dresses the wild grass, won’t he dress you even better? Your faith is so small! After all, the grass is here only today. Tomorrow it is thrown into the fire. 31 So don’t worry. Don’t say, ‘What will we eat?’ Or, ‘What will we drink?’ Or, ‘What will we wear?’ 32 People who are ungodly run after all those things. Your Father who is in heaven knows that you need them. 33 But put God’s kingdom first. Do what he wants you to do. Then all those things will also be given to you. 34 So don’t worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
What are three reasons you found for why we should rely on God for power?
While we might make excuses for our anxieties, Jesus essentially says, “If you are anxious about the needs of your life, then your faith is small” (v.30). What do you think about that? Is it really true that all anxiety, all worry, in some way traces back to a lack of faith? Are there any fears that aren’t based in a lack of faith?
Jesus said “Put God’s kingdom first. Do what He wants you to do. Then all those things will also be given to you.” What does that mean practically for you?
BRINGING IT HOME
Check with your own heart and mind and ask, “Did I hear God calling me to obey any commands this week? Did I hear Him calling me to claim any promises?” Please share your answers.
We can sometimes forget that our prayers are powerful and effective! We are filled with the Holy Spirit of God! Be confident as you pray that your prayers make a difference.