Sunday, 3rd Week after Pentecost

Text: Luke 11:1-13

Prayer Pointers:

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


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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Mission Statement: We are called to Welcome Everyone to Walk the Way of GRACE, and walk in that way in our individual lives, in our shared life in our various communities, in our common life with our neighbors, and even to the world at large as God sends us. The Way of Grace is to: GROW with Jesus, REJOICE in God, ANSWER with hope, CARE for the neighbor, and EMBRACE community.

Vision Statement: God has a plan FOR OUR LIVES, and so we teach how to walk in the path of Jesus Christ; FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, and so we work to build healthy and strong communities; FOR OUR CITY, and so we share life with our neighbors in Walltown, Trinity Park, Duke, and the Triangle; and FOR OUR WORLD, and so we go with Good News.

Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.