Luke 18:2-8 Parable Of The Persistent Widow

Welcome back the group and acknowledge any new members. Share with them that the purpose of the group is to help people discover more about God and how He relates to their lives. Explain that anyone is welcome, and if they have other friends that they would like to invite to join, they are welcome.

Care

Begin the session by asking:

· What are you thankful for this week?

· What are you struggling with and how can we help?

Spend time praying for their concerns

Accountability

· How did you apply the lesson from last week? How did it go for you?

· Who did you share the story with, and what was their response?

Story: Luke 18:2-8

Relate the Purpose: The Power of Persistent Prayer

Relate the Background: In the previous chapter, Jesus was telling His disciples that He would return again to earth in the future. He explained the signs, the tribulations, the suffering that would take place before he returns. He wanted to exhort his disciples to continue to trust Him to the end. Then He told His disciples the story of the persistent widow. His point was that if even a corrupt judge could eventually be persuaded by the persistence of a widow, someone without standing or influence in their day, how much more would the Lord, who is good and loving, respond to the persistent prayers of His followers.

Read the Story: Either the facilitator or members of the group can read. Read it once with Bibles open with the members following along, and once with Bibles closed.

Luke 18:2-8

2 In a town there was once a judge who didn’t fear God or care about people. 3 In that same town there was a widow who kept going to the judge and saying, “Make sure that I get fair treatment in court.”

4 For a while the judge refused to do anything. Finally, he said to himself, “Even though I don’t fear God or care about people, 5 I will help this widow because she keeps on bothering me. If I don’t help her, she will wear me out.”

6 The Lord said:

Think about what that crooked judge said. 7 Won’t God protect his chosen ones who pray to him day and night? Won’t he be concerned for them? 8 He will surely hurry and help them. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find on this earth anyone with faith?

Contemporary English Version (CEV) Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society

Retell the Story: Have a group member retell the story in their own words. If they miss parts or misunderstand, ask the rest of the group to help them, or fill in what they have forgotten.

Ask Questions for discussion and clarification: These are sample questions you might use for this story. Also use your own. Let their answers to your questions do the teaching.

Application

What is your “I will _____________”for this lesson?

Who will you share this story with?

Summarize the Session: (Relate to the Purpose)

Being a Christian doesn’t make your life easy. We live in a fallen world where hardships and trials will still come. If things don’t seem to go our way, there is the temptation to lose heart and stop praying. Jesus encourages us in this parable to never lose hope and persistently pray because God is a loving God who listens to His children.

Close in Prayer

Thank God for His promise to listen to His children when they pray. Thank Him also for the hope that we have, and that we have a God who listens and is loving. Commit to faithfully pray and never lost hope, and to always trust Him.

Set the time and place for the next meeting, and remind them to feel free to invite others to join the group. Ask the group to read the next story before the next meeting and prepare to share a summary in their own words.