Echoes adult

Ever-persevering petitions

Lesson 13 

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Winter 2019-20

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By: RLD Editorial Team 

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February 23, 2020

Lesson Focus:

God invites us to ask, seek, and knock.

Bible Basis:

Luke 11:5–13

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • None

Summary & Links:

God invites us to ask, seek, and knock.

These videos and materials are for your personal use. If you show videos in class, be sure to have the necessary rights to do so.

Read an article about the drought.
Music Video, Traditional: “And Can It Be That I Should Gain”
Music Video, Multicultural: “The Earth Shall Know” from the Porter’s Gate
Music Video, Contemporary: “Pocketful of Faith” by Tim Hughes
Constable’s Commentary on Luke 11
Ellicott’s Commentary on Luke 11
Guzik’s Commentary on Luke 11

Memory Verse:

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
—Luke 11:9

Step 1:

God invites us to ask, seek, and knock.

Materials Needed:

  • None

A FARMER’S PERSISTENT REQUEST
Subsistence farmers in northern South Africa are suffering a tremendous drought. No rainfall means no water or vegetation with which to keep their few cattle alive. Farmers with herds of 17–20 cattle have lost 10 or more, and unless the situation improves, “we will soon have carcasses of animals strewn all over the place,” says one farmer. The farmers have formed a forum with their neighbors to petition the South African department of agriculture, their last and only hope, for aid. Other areas hit by the drought are receiving government assistance, but so far, not much has come to this area. The farmers have no one else to turn to, so they continue crying out to the government for help.

A FRIEND’S PERSISTENT REQUEST
In our passage today, we hear Jesus’ parable about the friend who comes to a house at midnight, desperate to receive aid in caring for a guest who has arrived unexpectedly. Jesus urges His listeners to persist in prayer the same way the man persisted in requesting help from his neighbor. In Jesus’ command to ask, seek, and knock, we get the picture of someone who fervently explores a variety of approaches to get his friend’s attention and help. Christians are to come to God, their only hope for the relief they need, and to persist in requesting help. If even humans will get up and help their friends, though they don’t want to, how much more will our heavenly Father—who does love to help His children—arise to give them aid?

Questions

  • What’s something you’ve been convinced to do because someone was persistent?
  • When have you been in a situation in which only one person or group could help you and you desperately needed their help? What did you do?
  • We know that God knows all our needs, so why does Jesus command us to pray and to be persistent in prayer?

Looking for Steps 2, 3 & 4?

You can find Steps 2, 3 & 4 in your teacher’s guide. To purchase a teacher’s guide, please visit: Bible-in-Life or Echoes.

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