Do people have a problem with bad things happening to bad people? What about bad things happening to good people? In what ways do people question the goodness of God, whether the judge of all the earth will do right?
Why do you think Abraham negotiated with God from 50 to 10 righteous people?
What is the point of this philosophical discussion?
Childlessness was a great travesty in the ancient world. Sarai and Abram were promised children, but they were having to wait for it to happen. Have you ever been in a situation when you have been waiting for God to act on your behalf, but you just kept waiting? Describe that situation.
How did you cope in the waiting time?
Did God finally come through?
Was it in the way you expected him to?
Was the outcome worse or better than you expected?
What do you find hard about praying? What kinds of things normally stop us from praying?
What sort of practices have you put into place in your life to help you pray? What would you counsel someone to do to improve their commitment to prayer?
Do we think of God more as our loving Father or the great God in the heavens – as far off and transcendent or as near and immanent? What are the dangers of emphasizing one of these aspects of God over the other? Which do you think we are more prone to emphasize today? Why?
What is an example of a difficult situation in your life in which you did not know what to pray for? Did you end up praying for that situation or not?
What are the situations in your life, or the life of others you love, that you are seeking God to intervene? Spend some time intentionally praying for those things.
In light of our circumstances, our response shouldn’t be “What If?” or “Why Me?” but rather, “What Now?”. Spend some time evaluating, and consider how God is calling you to respond in light of the situation you find yourself. Is there a need for repentance, reconciliation, contentment, etc.?