In Genesis 4, things got bad. The first murder was committed. Adam and Eve lost a son. It seemed like the world was falling apart and things couldn’t get worse. That was the point when people began to call on the name of the Lord.
There are countless verses in the Bible telling us to pray. God wants us to call on Him.
1. Has anyone ever taught you to pray? Is it hard for you to pray?
2. What makes it so hard to be persistent in prayer? What do you do when you feel that God hasn’t answered your prayers?
3. Dr. Cross said that “Prayer, by nature, reminds us of our dependence on God. That’s why proud people don’t pray.” Have you ever considered that a lack of prayer may indicate a pride problem? How can we combat the pride in our lives?
4. Have you ever prayed for something that you believe God said “no” or “wait” to? If you feel comfortable, share the scenario. How did everything work out?
5. Dr. Cross told us the translated word “call” in Genesis 4:26 meant something a little more passionate than we might expect: a cry for help, something urgent and fervent. Do your prayers feel urgent and fervent? Why or why not? Do you think it’s important to pray urgent, fervent prayers?
Keep praying. Pray continually.