Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Jesus Teaching about Prayer

(from Luke 11 NIV)
[the story]

One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. [did it matter where?] When he finished, one of his disciples said to him,

[the request]
"Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples."

[They could have said, "Show us how to do what you just did."]

[the response - say this:]

He said to them, "When you pray, say:
" 'Father,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.
And lead us not into temptation.' "

[Explanation? Elaboration? - more story]

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, because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.' [Hey Joe? My traveling friend Pete stopped by on his way to ____ I'm out of food. Lend me 3 loaves of bread so I can feed him.]

"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.' 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. [a whole lot of interesting relational elements here]

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

"Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 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!" [- a good gift]

Interesting. I'm seeing a couple things I never saw before even after 50+ years. I love that about His word.

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