In our modern day, when we don’t know what to do in a situation we can Google it. This hasn’t always been the case. Assuming you can remember a pre-internet age, how did you manage to get by without the internet?


  1. Looking at the prayer in verses 5-12, how would you identify its parts?
  2. How would you compare that prayer to the Lord’s Prayer?
  3. How would you apply the pattern or key points of this prayer to your life?
  4. How does the ‘suddenly’ of this situation compare with the ‘suddenly’ in what he heard a few weeks ago from Acts 2?
  5. Is God in any less control in one of these situations?
  6. How do you manage situations where you haven’t got a ‘Scoobie’ (clue) what to do?
  7. Are there any other scriptural examples you can think of where God has intervened in a totally hopeless situation (maybe in previous ministry received from Jon)?
    “Our eyes are on you” (verse 12) – How do you do this?

  8. How do you make sure you’re eyes are on God and not on tradition, programme, feeling etc?

Imagine you’re in Jerusalem while this is happening – The king has just called for prayer and your friend says “We’re doomed, what’s prayer going to do? We need to get our heads together and come up with an idea. I’m just being realistic”.

  • How would you respond?
  • What do you see as the roles of facts, feelings, faith and focus in day-to-day living?
  • How do these apply to the ongoing growth God is bringing in your life?
  • How do you ‘feed’ hope in your life?
  • What would you describe as a healthy spiritual diet?
  • Is there an unhealthy spiritual diet that could diminish hope yet not contain any overtly ‘sinful’ things?
  • If you conclude there is, how would you counsel someone who has dminished hope and a poor spiritual diet?

    We’re not told the exact natrure of the ‘ambush’ at the end of the account but the outcome is certainly comprehensive. Some commentators have likened it to the battle executed by Gideon in Judges 7:15-23.

  • What does this tell you about the resources available to God to achieve His purposes in any situation?
  • Why did the prayer call for God’s judgement on the Ammonites, Moabites and Edomites (the people of Seir) in Verse 12?
  • Arguably, the judgement of God came swiftly and thoroughly on the armies of the enemy. Is this how we should pray for God’s enemies today (Romans 5:1-11 might help)?
  • Is this a contradiction?

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