1. In what situations have you prayed for justice or deliverance? Have you ever begun to doubt that you were praying hard enough, or even to doubt the existence of God? How do you keep your faith when there is so much injustice and suffering in the world? Do you find the story of the persistent widow encouraging? Do you find Anita Fast’s interpretation of Luke 18:1-8 convincing?
2. When are we like the persistent widow in the story from Luke 18? In what ways are we like the judge? Are we inclined to speak up when we see injustice? What laws in our society seem inherently unfair? How can we help the weak find a voice?
3. What do you think Jesus meant by his statement in Luke 18:8, “And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” How does this relate to the rest of the story in Luke 18? What habits help us listen to God? What habits tend to harden our hearts?
4. Fast quotes Martin Luther King Jr., “The arc of the moral universe is long and bends toward justice.” What do you understand this statement to mean? How important is justice in our Christian lives? How can we encourage the increase of justice in our communities?
--Posted Jan. 29, 2014