Two Parables: The Friend at Midnight and
the Persistent Widow
OBJECTIVE: To discuss these two parables and their application to us
today – persistence in prayer.
Feasting on the Word:
1 Thessalonians 5:17,18
In the parable of the Friend at Midnight, what did the friend (the one
knocking on the door) ask for? Why?
What did the one inside answer? For what reason does Jesus say that
the man will change his mind and give the friend what he asked for? So
what is the meaning of the parable as it pertains to prayer?
In verses 9 and 10, what will happen to those who ask, seek, and
In verses 11-13, Jesus uses two more examples that God will answer
prayer. What are they?
In the parable of the Persistent Widow (Luke 18:1-8), what was the
widow asking for? Why did the judge finally grant her request? Read
verse 1 to find out why Jesus told this parable!
How often does 1 Thessalonians 5:17 say to pray?
Conclude your devotional by reading Philippians 4:6,7. God invites us
to come to him with our requests, boldly and with persistence! Make a
prayer list of people or situations that your family wants to pray about.
Pray for each one right now and continue to pray for those on the list
each day. Watch for answers…and remember to be thankful!
Family Project: Take time to work on your family project. (Refer to list.)