"I've always dreamed of being an old philosopher. So far I've achieved one out of two!"

What Do You Want?

Genesis 18:[20-32,] 33
Nehemiah 2:7-8
Matthew 7:7-8

1. Let us affirm our trust in teach other. Let us all agree that what we share this evening, as always, is confidential and is shared in confidence, trust and love.

2. Spend a couple minutes in silence. Clear your mind of some of todayís clutter. Prepare to share with the group a specific want or concern in your life. It may be something immediate, or something in your the future, or something over a long period of time. Do not put a limit on what it is that comes to mind.

3. In just a few statements, help the group understand the context of the situation. Be concise. State as simply as possible what it is that what you want or what your concern is. Do not be concerned over rationalization, justification, or solutions; focus on what it is you want.

4. Read Genesis 18:33. [Verses 2-32 may provide some background of the situation.] What does verse 33, by itself, say to you? How does that verse apply to your efforts to communicate with God, regarding the thing that you want?

5. Nehemiah 2: 7-8. What are some of our responsibilities in bringing to God those things we want in our lives? How can people help when an issue is really in Godís hands? How can God help when issues seem to be in the hands of people?

6. Matthew 7:7-11 What must you do to "really believe" verse 8? What can you do to help someone else in our group to believe verse 8?

7. Each person, in turn: What can we (each individual) do to help you with your concern?


Letís practice active "Christ-Caring" for each other.

During the next two weeks, on a daily basis:

Try to recall the concern expressed by each member of our group.

Pray for them.

Pray for their concern.

Bring your specific concern to God.

Give thanks for His answers.



Genesis 18: [20-32,] 33



[20 Then the LORD said, "The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous 21 that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know." 22 The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the LORD. 23 Then Abraham approached him and said: "Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24 What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it? 25 Far be it from you to do such a thing--to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?" 26 The LORD said, "If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake." 27 Then Abraham spoke up again: "Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes, 28 what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city because of five people?" "If I find forty-five there," he said, "I will not destroy it." 29 Once again he spoke to him, "What if only forty are found there?" He said, "For the sake of forty, I will not do it." 30 Then he said, "May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak. What if only thirty can be found there?" He answered, "I will not do it if I find thirty there." 31 Abraham said, "Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, what if only twenty can be found there?" He said, "For the sake of twenty, I will not destroy it." 32 Then he said, "May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?" He answered, "For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it." ] 33 When the LORD had finished speaking with Abraham, he left, and Abraham returned home.

Nehemiah 2:7-8

7 I also said to him, "If it pleases the king, may I have letters to the governors of Trans-Euphrates, so that they will provide me safe-conduct until I arrive in Judah? 8 And may I have a letter to Asaph, keeper of the king's forest, so he will give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel by the temple and for the city wall and for the residence I will occupy?" And because the gracious hand of my God was upon me, the king granted my requests.

Matthew 7:7-8

7 Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.