These questions are meant to be a choose-your-own-adventure. That is, use what you like. Skip what you don’t. And add to it in any way you see fit.
Read Luke 11.5-8
5 Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; 6 a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ 7 And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ 8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.
- A Middle Eastern audience (now and then) would be likely to laugh out loud at this story. It’s slapstick comedy. That’s how absurd this is. But, it still begs the question…is Jesus actually comparing God, the Father, to a rude, ridiculous neighbor? What is Jesus trying to teach us about God’s character?
- This idea of shameless audacity…what does that mean? How does that affect how we pray?
- When was a time when you have been audacious in your prayers? What happened?
Ask, Seek, Knock
Read Luke 11.9-10
9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
- Often in prayer, we ask for very little and are satisfied with even less. In what ways do you find this to be true?
- Our affluence, our talents, our abundance of resources can make prayer seem almost unnecessary. How do we overcome the influence of our wealth and become convinced of our need for God’s help?
- “God does indeed allow Himself to be decided by prayer to do what He otherwise would not have done.” (Andrew Murray) What’s your reaction to this?
- What prayer would you pray if you were assured God would hear you and answer?
Wrestling with God
- “Prayer in its highest form and grandest success assumes the attitude of a wrestler with God.” (EM Bounds) How might this view of prayer shape our relationship with God?