Chapter 11

Do You Give Up Too Easily?

Pray Until Something Happens

Luke 18:7-8: And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though
he bear long with them? When the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth


1. Read Luke 18:1-9.  Describe the judge in this parable.  (vs. 2)

2. Why was the widow pestering the judge?

3. Why did the judge finally give in and grant the widow’s wish?

4. Luke introduced this parable by giving the purpose for it first.  What was Jesus’ desire that men always do? (vs. 1)

5. What was Jesus really asking with the two questions in Luke 18:7-8?
  a) 1st Question:
  b) 2nd Question:

6. In Luke 11: 5-8, we have another parable about being persistent in prayer. The typical poor Israelite family lived in a one-room house. And in many of the poorer homes, the house also served as a part-time stable for the family's few sheep, goats, and chickens.

Getting the whole household to sleep was a considerable undertaking. Once the animals settled down, the parents could get the children to sleep.  And once the children were asleep, the parents would do most anything to keep them that way. Why did the man finally get up to give the neighbor some bread?


7. What lesson was Jesus teaching his disciples with this parable?

8. In verses Luke 11:9, Jesus gave us three word pairs that have to do with prayer. The first is the action, the second is the result.  Outline this teaching.
  a) Action: Result:
  b) Action: Result:
  c) Action: Result:

9. The three promises in verses 9-10 then are really one promise. What is this promise?

10. Jesus then compared our Heavenly Father to ... (Luke 11:11-13)

11. In the example above, we are encouraged to ask boldly, knowing that we can trust God. How are we told in Hebrews 4:16 to approach the throne of grace?

12. It is easy to lose heart in prayer because prayer is hard work that we too often approach lightly. In Colossians 4:12, Paul praised a man named Epaphras, because he was always ...

13. This passage of scripture teaches us that, no matter how bad the things get or how much the odds seem to be against us, don’t ...

14. As we regain the territory the devil has stolen from us, what encouragement we receive from Galatians 6:9?

15. A hind is like a mountain goat, an animal that can climb mountains swiftly, and doesn’t give up when the going gets tough.  According to Habakkuk 3:19, how do we develop hinds’ feet?

16. Even Paul became discouraged from time to time (2 Cor. 1:8; 4:8-12). But Paul said we must not quit, and we must never give up.  “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ...
  always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” (1 Cor. 15:58).

17. Both Jesus in Mark 14:39 and Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:8 prayed repeatedly for the same thing.  What were each of them praying for?
  a) Jesus:
  b) Paul:
  c) Were their prayers answered?

18. According to 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, how should we pray?

19. According to Philippians 4:6, how are we to pray?

20. There are about 650 different prayers in the Bible, and it good to pray the Bible.  Then you can be sure you are praying according to the will and heart of God.  Find a prayer that particularly touches your heart, and type it here.  Be sure to include the scripture reference.
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