Text: Luke 11:1-13
To persist in prayer
For growth in the skills of discipleship
For those who need bread today
There are two key pieces to this conversation about prayer.
The first is that the disciples initiate this conversation by asking for instruction on how to pray. In response, Jesus gives them a prayer. How should the followers of Jesus pray? By praising God, asking that his kingdom be made known, and then turning to the needs of the day—both physical and spiritual.
The second point is the need for persistence. This parable shows us what faith, trust in God is. God does hear me, God wants to hear from me, God is ready to answer. We want to think of prayer as the pagans did/do: by my words or actions I can bend the god I call on to do what I want. Christian prayer is something else entirely. It is a conversation over many days and years, for in it God is at work to shape you and me into children who are familiar with and happy in his glorious kingdom.
Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged—take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful?
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness—take it to the Lord in prayer.
May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks