Main Idea: How long do we pray for a miracle? This week, we see in God’s Word where Jesus encourages us to be persistent in asking God for miracles.
Discussion Starter: When you were a kid, did you ask your parents for something over and over? Did you ever get it?
Introduction: A consistent theme throughout God’s Word is the long suffering and persistent pleading from God’s people (Exodus, Psalms, Job, Habakkuk, and many more) for God to meet them and do something only He can do. In every case God shows His people that he IS just, kind, merciful, loving, and generous.
Watch this brief intro together with your group (click picture below):
Primary Scriptures: Luke 18:1-8
1. Consistent and persistent prayer can be hard, especially when we have been praying for something over months, days, and years. What are the biggest obstacles for you to be consistent and persistent in prayer?
2. How can you lean on each other in your group to encourage one another in your prayer life?
3. Read James 5:16 Confession is aligning who we are with who God has designed and called us to be. How can your confession be more than just a laundry list of what you did wrong?
4. What is something in your life that you need to “wear God out” with?
5. Read Isaiah 40:31 In our culture, we are not used to having to wait on much of anything. However, this “waiting” is not passive. Consider a farmer who waits for God to bring a good harvest. The farmer still has to plow, sow, and tend. What would God have you DO while you wait for him to answer your prayers?
Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Philippians 4:6 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.
Engaging at Faith Promise: Read Galatians 6:9-10 One way to avoid being discouraged is remaining steadfast in prayer. How can you pray for the work you and others do at Faith Promise?
Engaging in Community and the World: The prophet Habakkuk is a great example of someone interceding for his community and the world. Read the book of Habakkuk (don’t worry it’s only three chapters) and consider how you can cry out to God on behalf of your community and this world. Discuss how God has met your hopes in the past and what you hope from Him in the future.