NextLevel Online: Pray Yet: A Study of Habakkuk

by Mark Scott

Mark Scott (Preaching & New Testament Professor at Ozark Christian College) gives us a glimpse into Habakkuk’s job description—preparing God’s people for Babylonian captivity. Marks explains how we can maintain faith in God when the world seems to be falling apart. The key to this faith for the people entering captivity is the same for us today: to pray yet.

Pray Yet: A Study of Habakkuk



Lessons

Session 1
Session 1

Overview

The first session will be an overview and an introduction to Habakkuk, the person and his prophecies. We also define faith in different forms.

Session 2
Session 2

First Complaint and First Response

We are learning how to “pray yet” in this book of Habakkuk. How do we stay faithful in trying times? This session covers Habakkuk's first complaint and God's first response. Elie Wiesel said, “No faith is as good as a wounded faith.” Pray yet even when God’s ways seem most odd.

Session 3
Session 3

Second Complaint

We haveseen Habakkuk’s first complaint that God doesn’t seem to be paying attention to the rampant evil going on. And we have seen God’s response to that complaint which basically tells us that God has a plan. This session covers Habakkuk's second complain about Babylon. Even though Habakkuk is voicing his complaint in his prayer closet, he is beginning to move in his heart to watch what God will do.

Session 4
Session 4

Well, What about Babylon?

Habakkuk is learning to “pray yet.” He actually has a legitimate question about Babylon. It’s not as if Babylon doesn’t matter, because she does. So in the Lord’s second response to Habakkuk’s second complaint God tells both the “what of” and the “what for” regarding Babylon. God is going to give Habakkuk a bit of an excursus on Babylon. (1-5, 6-15)

Session 5
Session 5

Cartwheels of Joy

We come to this final lesson in Habakkuk and might want to ask, “Will Habakkuk get anything resolved?” Well, he will. We find in chapter three of Habakkuk a prayer. Isn’t that where we often get things resolved—it’s really not in argument or complaint or debate with God. It’s in listening and responding to his word. That’s what we have in this chapter. And it is a great resolution. This is the “whoa dude” part of the book. We literally see the “praying yet.