18. A FISH OR A SNAKE? (Luke 11:5-13)
- 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
- The friend inside the house seems to be unwilling to do as asked. Why does Jesus liken God to a "friend" like
- 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?
- 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
- 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?
- 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
- 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
- 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
- "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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