Teach Us to Pray

Georgia State Mission Community

February 19, 2012

Luke 11: 1-13 NIV

11 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”

He said to them, “When you pray, say:

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.

Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity[e] he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.

“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; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for[f] 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!”


God call us to be bold

Vs. 2 – 4

  • Theres an order of prayer
    • Praise your father and his kingdom
      • This results in God’s Will being spread throughout his kingdom
      • Alerts us to be conscious of the Kingdom’s goal
    • Give us each day our daily bread
      • You instruction will be hidden in your needs, not your wants
        • Its difficult to balance wants and needs
    • Forgive us our sins,… For we also forgives everyone who sins against us
      • As you forgive others Christ will forgive you
God is a God of order
  • Theres a premeditated order to his instrutction of prayer
  • He provides a loose structural guideline
Vs. 8 – 10
  • Boldness in request is rewarded, yet there are no entitlements
  • Ask and it will be given, seek and you will find, knock and doors will be opened.
Vs. 11 – 13
  • You will be given what you ask
  • The holy spirit is a gift
Don’t asked with clenched fist.
  • You must give up something, in order to make room for what you receive


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