24 Mar Teach Us to Pray – 3/24/21
Luke 11:1-13 – “Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” And he said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.” And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, 6 for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’? I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs. And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!””
Jesus is gentle and lowly in heart (Matt. 11:29) and we see that displayed so beautifully here. The disciples are eager to learn, from Him, the right way to pray to the Father. Their eagerness to do things right was not overlooked by Jesus. He gave them instructions to pray (what they asked for) but then continued to give them wisdom and understanding about the Father’s character (what they really needed).
If we understand the Father’s character and heart toward us, we are able to rest in Him. If we can see the Lord as a loving Father who withholds no good thing from His children, then we can live free from anxiety. If we know that He listens to our prayers and that His eyes are on the righteous, we will never feel alone or forgotten. If we trust God to supply our daily needs, then we can do all things with open hands. If we live with opens hands, we can give and receive freely whatever our Father ordains for us, and knowing He is sovereign over all things.
As a church body, let us praise God rightly, hallowing His name; trusting Him for daily provisions, and imitating His character by living with open and generous hands.
- Praise the Lord for His character, worshiping Him for who He is.
- Repent of your sins, and forgive those who have sinned against you.
- Thank the Lord for supplying all your needs, and pray expectantly that He will continue to do so.