Living Sacrifice: Fire and Fuel (Romans 12:11-12)

Following Jesus was never meant to be dull. But often challenging seasons can rob us of our spiritual vibrancy. In this talk, Liam considers how we can cultivate a vibrant spiritual life rejoicing in hope, being patient in trials, and constant in prayer.

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Here is a small-group practice to help you reflect on and pray through the themes of this talk

Summary

In Romans 12:11-12, Paul tells us to: “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour (be set on fire by the Spirit), serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” (Romans 12:11-12). 

For a fire to be kept alight is needs oxygen and fuel. In the same way, for our spiritual lives to remain alight, we need the breath of the Spirit and the regular addition of fuel in the form of faithful prayer. 

Liam challenged us this week to practice a daily rhythm of prayer: 

  • Morning: Committing your day to God, reflecting on Scripture and praying prayers inspired by God’s word.
  • Noon: Setting an alarm for the middle of the day and choosing to stop and pray the Lord’s prayer. 
  • Night: Finishing the day by thanking God for the blessings of the day, acknowledging the challenges, and asking Him for strength, perspective, forgiveness, freedom and rest. 

Use some of these questions for discussion to help you talk about prayer, and make sure you leave enough time to pray for one another.

Discussion

  • What are the things that dampen your zeal, and could cause you to become lukewarm in your faith? How have you learnt to guard against those things? 
  • Have you tried the practice of daily prayer this week? How have you found it? 
  • What have you found personally helpful in learning the craft of faithful prayer? Are there particular approaches, practices, or resources that have helped you?

You may want to check out some of the prayer resources and liturgies we have created at christchurchlondon.org/prayer and read more about them here.

Prayer

Prayer does not have to be done alone. Praying together and for one another is one of the ways we are able to sustain each other through difficult seasons. Take some time, perhaps in small groups, to share any prayer needs you have, and to pray for one another. And remember to check in during the week as well, to continue praying and encouraging each other.

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