1. How much can a relationship be affected by good or bad communication? If our communication with God breaks down, in what ways can this affect our relationship with him?
2. Think of a verse or passage from Scripture that God used to tell you something personally. How would you respond to God through prayer in light of this word?
3. Why do you think Jesus repeats his announcement of his imminent coming three times in Revelation 22 (Rev 22:7, 12, 20)? What does that communicate to you?
4. The church’s response, “Come, Lord Jesus” (Rev 22:20), entails a desire to walk with Christ in holiness. Why do you think this is? How can your walk with Christ reveal your longing for his return?
5. In what other ways can our lives be changed in light of Jesus’ coming?
Questions for Discussion & Discovery
1. Prayer: a response to God’s Word – Revelation 22:20: He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
2. Prayer: a response to God’s Word – Genesis 1:28: And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it …”
3. Prayer: a response to God’s Word – Genesis 2:16-17: And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat …”
4. Prayer: a response to God’s Word – Genesis 12:1-2: Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great …”
5. Prayer: a response to God’s Word – 1 John 4:19: We love because he first loved us.
6. Prayer: a response to God’s Word – John 13:34: A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
7. Prayer: a response to God’s Word – Matthew 11:28: Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
8. Prayer: a response to God’s Word – Matthew 5:44: But say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you …
9. George Muller, May 9, 1841 – It has pleased the Lord to teach me a truth that has benefited me for more than fourteen years. . . . For at least ten years before this, my habit was to pray after dressing in the morning. Now, I saw that the most important thing for me to do was to read the Word of God and to meditate on it, so that my heart might be comforted, encouraged, warned, reproved, and instructed; and that, while meditating on the Word of God, my heart might commune with the Lord.
10. I have found that almost always, after only a few minutes, my soul is led to confession, thanksgiving, intercession, or supplication. I begin in meditation, yet it turns almost immediately into prayer.
11. Prayer: a response to God’s Word – Philippians 4:6: … do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
12. “Come, Lord Jesus” – Revelation 22:20: He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
13. “Come, Lord Jesus” – Revelation 22:7: And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.
14. “Come, Lord Jesus” – Revelation 22:12: Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done.
15. “Come, Lord Jesus” – Revelation 22:11: Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.
16. “Come, Lord Jesus” – Revelation 22:14: Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates.