Small Groups Weekly Bible Study – March 17

Small Group Weekly Bible Study

Parables – 2 – “Then Jesus told them a parable to show them they should always pray and not lose heart. …And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unrighteous judge says! Won’t God give justice to His chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will He delay long to help them? I tell you, He will give them justice speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?””

Theme: Be Expectant in Waiting

Warm-Up Questions: Describe a time in your life when you thought about quitting, but kept on and succeeded.

                  
Observation and Interpretation Questions:
Read Luke 17: 26-28, 18:1-8

  1. Pastor Mark said “There is a bigger issue here than just being persistent in prayer.” What do you see that it is that he was talking about?
  2. Pastor Mark also made the point that the parable is about contrasting the unrighteous judge with our loving heavenly Father. What is the greatest difference you see?
  3. He made the statement, “Being persistent in prayer alleviates incessant anxiety.” How has this actually worked in your life?

    Read Zephaniah 3:16-17
  4. What did you notice about how the people were directed to act (verse 16)?
  5. What do you see in the image the prophet uses that is most significant (verse 17)?
  6. How do you think your picturing God rejoicing over you would change the way you pray?

Read Philippians 4:6-9

  1. What do you think Paul meant by “rejoice in the LORD always” (verse 4)?
  2. Why would it matter if we picture the LORD as being near (verse 5)?
  3. What is true about the condition of our hearts regarding anxiety (verses 6-7)?
  4. How can what we think about alter what we can expect from God in return (verses 8-9)?

Application Questions

  1. How is being truly expectant while you are waiting apt to change the way you pray?
  2. What can you do in your daily life to make waiting expectantly part of your lifestyle?

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please give us the faith to be so expectant of Jesus’ return that we learn not to give up, but continue to pray to You and persist until that time.

    Talk and Pray with one another about how you can Join Jesus on His mission in your own live this week, using the questions on the back, and pray for one another about any personal concerns or praises you have.  

Going Deeper

“God answers prayer with NO, GROW, SLOW, and GO:

  • NO…just the wrong thing for you for sure…
  • GROW…the prayer is right, but you aren’t.  God is still refining and strengthening you.
  • SLOW, the prayer is right, you are right, but the timing isn’t right…just keep praying.
  • …the prayer is right, you are right, the timing is right…off you GO.

NO – Why is the awareness that God is opposed to your decision so important (Psalm 22:2)?

GROW – How would you say this works to get you ready for God’s answer (James 5:7-8)?

SLOW – Why is waiting on God’s perfect timing so vital to your success (Psalm 37:4-5)?

GO – Describe how knowing you have God’s blessing has been important to you (Psalm 1:1-3,6)?

Share an experience that reflects how this principle has worked in your life. 

Prayer: Father, give us the confidence in You that when we persist in prayer and keep looking forward to Jesus’ return You will lovingly reward our faithfulness.