Call Upon the Lord

New Philly Hongdae (all campuses)
Preached by Erin Lee on October 18, 2015, Sunday.
Duration: 60 minutes (audio)

Preached at NP Hongdae-Alpha

Discussion Questions

CG questions written by Paul Yoo.


  1. Charles Spurgeon said, “I know no better thermometer to your spiritual temperature than the measure of the intensity of your prayer.” What’s the spiritual temperature of your life? How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with where your prayer life is right now? Be honest with one another.
  2. E.M. Bounds said, “Desire gives fervor to prayer. The soul cannot be listless when some great desire fixes and inflames it. Strong desires make strong prayers. Neglected prayer is the fearful token of dead spiritual desires. The soul has turned away from God when desire after Him no longer presses it into the closet. There can be no true praying without desire.” What is the measure of the spiritual desire in your life? Are your desires for God lively and vigorous, lukewarm and lifeless, or somewhere in between? What would you say has contributed to this?
  3. What are some things that you are calling upon the Lord for in your life? What are some desires in your life that you have not made known before the Lord?

    Self-Sufficient vs. Dependent

  5. The world admires and respects the independent and self-sufficient person. But in God’s eyes, the one who is humble and dependent on him is highly esteemed. Which of these two do you admire and value more? Which one better characterizes where you are right now?
  6. Read Revelation 3:15-18. How would you characterize the church of Laodicea? What was Jesus’s perspective on their situation?
  7. The world teaches us to value being comfortable, and to complain when things get uncomfortable. Are you in a place of weakness or dissatisfaction in any area of your life? What has been your attitude about that? Meditate on Matthew 5:3. What is God’s perspective on your discomfort and neediness?

    Unanswered Prayer

  9. Have you ever been disappointed or disillusioned by unanswered prayer, whether recently or in the past? Perhaps the Lord did not answer you in the time or the way that you were hoping. How has that affected your prayer life and your faith and trust in God?
  10. When things don’t go your way, it is the greatest opportunity to release faith. When our petitions and prayers outweigh our joy and thanksgiving, we’re not in the realm of faith but in the realm of entitlement. Spend some time right now rejoicing in the Lord and giving thanks to him, even in the midst of things not going your way. Release fresh faith and trust and thanksgiving before the Lord.


  12. Prayer is often the first thing that Satan attacks. What are some of the things that keep you from a richer prayer life?
  13. What are some practical measures you can take in order to enrich your prayer life? For example, might you set stated times during the day or week which you’ll devote to prayer? Hold one another accountable and ask each other about it at next week’s CG.
  14. Our lives have a limited capacity. If we want more of God, we have to cut out some other things in our lives, even if they might be good things. How hungry are you for a deeper and more intimate relationship with God in prayer? What are some good things you can cut out in order pursue more of the spiritual riches that God offers?

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