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My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest.
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”
Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.
2 Corinthians 12:8
How long Lord, Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Look on me and answer, Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death.
All day long they surround me like a flood; they have completely engulfed me. You have taken from me friend and neighbor—darkness is my closest friend.
For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
Start Talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
• What do you think is the most difficult when it comes to God not answering our
prayers the way we ask?
• Do you have any examples, past or current, where you prayed and God isn’t
answering how you think he should? Would you share those struggles with the
Start Thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.
• Pastor Andrew talked about John the Baptist and how he knew that Jesus was the Messiah. Then John found himself in prison and doubt began to creep in. Why do you think doubt crept in John’s mind?
• Jesus never went to visit John (that we are told) but rather told John’s followers to tell him what was happening. John really asked for a “yes” or “no” answer and instead Jesus told him what was happening. Have you experienced something similar in your life? What was your response to God?
Start Sharing. Choose questions that create openness.
• Read Hebrews 2:17-18. What does it do for you to know that Jesus came to be just
like us; tempted in every way and became a sacrifice for us?
• How does knowing that Jesus is the final sacrifice give you perspective when life
is a struggle and you feel like giving up?
• Read James 2:18-19. What does having faith with actions mean to you? How can
you live out faith with actions even when God doesn’t answer your prayers the
way you think he should?
Start by Praying. Be bold and pray with power.
Dear God, we thank you that you can be trusted. We thank you that you are bigger, stronger and wiser than any of us. We ask that we first and foremost put our trust and faith in you. You are our hope, and no matter what you do or don’t do in our lives, we choose to obey and follow you. In Jesus Name, Amen!
Start Doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
•. What do you think is going to be a next step for you as you go through this series?
•. How can our group help and pray for you this week?