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18. A FISH OR A SNAKE? (Luke 11:5-13)

  1. Jesus wants to teach something about prayer through the little parable in this text. What similarities do you find between your situation and that of the man in the parable?
    • In what situation have you been as demanding in your prayers as the man in the parable?
  2. The friend inside the house seems to be unwilling to do as asked. Why does Jesus liken God to a "friend" like that?
  3. What made the first man insist until he got what he wanted?
    • Where can we get patience to go on praying until God will answer us?
  4. When teaching about prayer, Jesus uses three different verbs: to ask, to seek and to knock (vs. 9-10). What aspects of our prayer-life do these verbs describe?
    • At this moment what is the thing you most eagerly are asking, seeking and knocking to get? (You can answer in your heart.)
  5. What does it teach us about prayer when Jesus likens it to a child asking something from his father?
    • In what respect is our Heavenly Father similar to our earthly one?
  6. What does a loving father do if his child asks for something which he knows is not good for him?
    • How do we know whether we are asking something that is good for our loved ones, and us?
  7. Have you ever experienced that the thing you first thought was "a snake" proved afterwards to be "a fish" (or the other way round)? Tell us about it.
  8. What is more important to you: that God will answer your prayers now or that he will answer them in the new earth and heaven? Give your reasons.
  9. "Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear" (Is.59:1-2). Think about these verses while answering the following question: Why didn't God hear the voice of his Son when he was praying on the cross?

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