How to Reach a City: The Most Important Thing We Don't Do

Missio Church - Bismarck

Jan 22 2023 • 44 mins

Verses Used:

  • Luke 3:21
  • Luke 5
  • Mark 1:35-38
  • John 17
  • Galatians 4:6
  • 1 Thess. 5:17
  • Matthew 6:7-8
  • Phillipians 4:6-7
  • Luke 6:12-13
  • Jeremiah 33:3


  • We can learn to pray “up, in, and out”.
  • Up - Prayers of communion with God. Which means to be talking with him and being in His presence.
  • Jesus understood His relationship to the Father and pursued God through prayer because of it. Jesus knew he was a beloved son.
  • Knowing God’s character and iIs heart toward us changes how we approach prayer.
  • In - prayers of petition. This would be praying for our needs and asking for things.
  • God is all knowing, He knows what His kids need but He still wants us to ask Him.
  • Out - prayers of intercession or, otherwise known as praying for others.
  • Some people aren’t sick or in need of intercession because of health, but they are spiritually needy.
  • When we pray for others - we are reminded that we can’t save anyone, only God can.

Discussion Questions:

  • What has been the biggest challenge for you in communing with God? (praying regularly)
  • Does prayer feel like a “have to” or a “get to”, why?
  • How might our attitude toward prayer change when we understand our identity in relation to God?
  • What would have to change for you to start listening more in prayer?