THIS SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW FEATURES HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 99th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
LESSON TITLE: PERSEVERANCE IN PRAYER
Adult/Young Adult Topic: MAKING THE REQUEST
Printed Text: LUKE 11:5-13
KEY VERSE: LUKE 11:9 (NIV) 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.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 99th Edition, 2019-2020
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE: It is hard to press on with a task or routine when doing so does not seem to produce any positive changes. How can we persevere in the absence of tangible progress? Jesus taught the disciples to continue to ask, seek, and knock—confident that God would graciously provide; and Daniel’s preservation in the lions’ den provides an example of God’s loving protection in response to constancy in prayer.
CONCLUDING REFLECTION: Just as parents provide good things for their children, so God responds to our requests with the right reward at the right time. But the key to unlocking the door and receiving the right reward from God is made possible through the power of persistent prayer. When we exchange our selfishness for God’s gifts, we are able to rise above the inconsequential things that do not matter and focus on the things that do matter.
PRAYER: LORD, thank you for being such a good Father who gives such good gifts to your children. Your grace is amazing, your mercy is everlasting and your truth endures to all generations. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.