“Effective Prayer”

Sermon Series: Elijah: Just Like Us

Date: September 26, 2021 / Speaker: Spencer Smith

Sermon Discussion

Elijah #7 – Is There No God in Israel

2 Kings 1:1-17

Gathering Question

Share a place you like to go to be alone with God.

Gathering Prayer

What stood out to you in the sermon? What insights did you gain? What questions did it raise?

There is a new king. His name is Ahaziah and he is the son of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel.

How do you think Elijah felt when the new king – Ahaziah – committed the same sins as his parents?

How does it feel when we work faithfully at something for a long time, yet don’t seem to be making any headway?

Where do we find the strength and perseverance to stay faithful even when we don’t see any results?

Have you ever been through a time in your life when you couldn’t see God at work, but later you realized that he was there and working all of the time?

Twice, King Ahaziah and his troops disrespected Elijah. Only the third captain approached Elijah with humility.

How does it feel when someone disrespects you? How do we usually respond when we feel disrespected?

How do people usually respond when we disrespect them? How do they respond if, instead, we treat them with kindness and humility?

King Ahaziah turned to a false god to find healing for his injuries, rather than turning to the Lord. So, three times Elijah asks, “Is there no god in Israel?”

Why are we often tempted to turn to other things to provide solutions to our problems, rather than turning to God?

What are some things we sometimes turn to rather than God to find solutions to our problems?

The scriptures make it clear that Jesus wasn’t a helpless victim when he was crucified. He knew what he was doing. His plan all along was to give his life as a ransom for many.

How does it impact the way that we view Jesus’ crucifixion to know that it was part of God’s plan for our salvation?

Both Elijah and Jesus remind us that the Lord is sovereign over all the earth – Jesus is Lord of everything. There is no power greater than him.

What does it mean to you that Jesus is Lord of everything?

How is that a source of hope? What does that hope mean to you as you face hardships, trials and injustices?

Part of Colossians 1 is known as the Christ Hymn because it’s believed that Paul drew those verses from a hymn that was sung by the early Christians to celebrate how Jesus is the Lord of everything.

What are some hymns or songs that remind you of the greatness of Jesus?

How are they a source of strength and hope for you?

Closing Prayer
Give thanks that Jesus is Lord of everything and give thanks for the hope that comes from knowing he is greater than any challenge we will ever face.