Sunday Bible Study: Luke 18:1-8
We are called to be persistent in prayer, and Luke provides us the example of the widow as one who persisted against a cruel system and a heartless judge...and for her relentless faith, she was given justice.
The group gathered in prayer, and read the Scripture (Luke 18:1-8); and reviewed the context for the original listeners in the first century. Their context was different than our present world, but in many ways their concerns, anxieties, and hopes were very similar to ours.
Why pray? - to express yourself to God; to share your concerns/hopes; to "be heard" by a loving and ever-present God; to work out your thoughts and "hear" if they make sense, etc.
The group discussed the "effectivity" of prayer - God's thoughts are different than our thoughts, and God's ways are different than our ways, and God's time is different than our time: this statement from Scripture means that as we pray, we should pray with a sense of what we desire, but also with an open heart and mind to be available to what God has in store for us. The "persistent widow" was finally given justice, but Luke never said that she received exactly what she asked for...
For continuing study on your own: incorporate into your prayer life a persistence to come before God with your most personal hopes/dreams, your worries, and your petitions for yourself and others; but also be mindful that an open heart is needed to "hear" God, especially the unexpected ways in which God may answer your prayers.
Below you will find the study guide for your own review and reflection: