B.L.E.S.S: Begin with Prayer

By Rick Bayer, May 14, 2023

I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. Genesis 12:2 (ESV)

Acts 1:4 (NIV)

Acts 1:24 (NIV)

Acts 2:42-43 (NIV)

Acts 3:1 (NIV)

Acts 4:23-31 (NIV)

To live a Spirit-filled life takes my

It takes His

One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. Luke 6:12 (NIV)

Acts 4:13 (NIV)

Will you B.L.E.S.S. others: with prayer?

Questions for Discipleship group and/or personal study:


  • Share a time when you stepped out of your comfort zone.

Go to the Source:

  • Read Acts 4:23-31
  • Why do you think their prayer began with focusing on God’s sovereignty?
  • Why is it significant that Jesus’ death is more than just the plan of His enemies (v. 28)?
  • How did Acts 1:8 perhaps shape the prayer in v. 29-30?
  • Would you have prayed that way in the face of opposition like they did? Why or why not?

Live it out:

  • What does your bold non-beige prayer practice look like as you ‘Begin with prayer’?
  • With whom will you share stories of how God is moving in your daily ‘people and places’?