Teach Us How to Pray (Luke 11:1-13

5 Then he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and he goes to him at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, 6 because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.’

7 “Then the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children are with me in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ 8 I tell you, though he will not get up and give him the bread because he is his friend, yet because of the man’s boldness he will get up and give him as much as he needs.

9 “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. 10 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”  (Luke 10:5-13)

Learn it:

            The beginning of this section starts out with the disciples asking Jesus how to pray.  They have obviously seen Jesus taking the time to pray so they want to know to pray like him.  Jesus then shares with them the Lord’s prayer.  In essence, it is all about depending on God for everything we need in our lives.  From our mission in life to the food we eat and spiritual health.  Prayer is so important not only as an individual but to the health of the church as well.  After teaching how to pray he then tells them two parables about how God will respond to our prayer. 

            The first story is about a man who goes to his friend’s house to ask for food because a visitor came to him and he has no food to give him.  Hospitality was an important thing back then and if you did not have any food, no matter the hour, to give someone it would have been embarrassing.  The nerve it would have taken to go to someone’s house at midnight would be very bold.  The fact he went to someone’s house who had children would have been even crazier!  Who would want to wake up someone’s children in the middle of the night? 

            Yet, when the man is woken up he is willing to give his friend some bread, not because of their friendship but because he was bold enough to come to his house at this hour to ask of it.  This is how God responds to our prayer requests.  We just have to be bold enough to come before him and ask of him what we need.  There are three verbs Jesus uses “ask”, “seek”, and “knock”.  We have the responsibility of initiating these requests and God will respond in his perfect way.  Just like we know how to give good gifts, even though we are sinners, God will surely give us exactly what we need.   

Live it:

 

            Pray.  That is really all the application is from this story.  It should lead us to fall before the throne of God and enter into a deeper relationship with him.  His door is always open.  He will always hear us.  We just have to be willing to and remember to speak with him.  Take extra time today and pray to God.  Use the Lord’s prayer as a guide to help you think of different things to pray for.  Talk to your Father who is in heaven.  


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