Luke 11 Lesson

The Lord's Prayer

THE LORD’S PRAYER

If you had the opportunity to ask Jesus how to pray, would you? That is exactly what happens in the 11th chapter of The Gospel of Luke.  

One of the disciples said to Jesus:

  • “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.” – Luke 11:1.

Jesus replied:

  • "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 also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.  And lead us not into temptation.’” – Luke 11:2-4.

For today’s lesson, we will be looking at what is commonly referred to as, “The Lord’s Prayer.”

We will divide Jesus’ prayer into five sections.

THE LORD’S PRAYER – SECTION ONE 

  • “Father, hallowed be Your name.” – Luke 11:2

Jesus starts the prayer by showing reverence and respect to God.  

THE LORD’S PRAYER – SECTION TWO 

“Your kingdom” is another way of saying, “Your reign.”

When Jesus says, “Your kingdom come,” He is teaching us to pray for God’s influence to be felt throughout the world.   Sadly, there will always be people that reject God’s love, but praying for his reign to be felt on earth is a wonderful thing to pray about!

THE LORD’S PRAYER – SECTION THREE

  • “Give us each day our daily bread.” – Luke 11:3.

Jesus teaches us to pray for the necessities of life, not the luxuries.   He instructs us to pray for the things we need, not the things we want.   Many times our prayers can be more materialistic than just asking for enough to eat and shelter, yet that is not how Jesus says to pray. We may pray for a bigger house, a newer car, or a nice vacation. These things in and of themselves are not evil, however, we must consider what Mathew wrote in his Gospel: 

  • No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.  For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?” - Mathew 6:24-26.

In Jesus’ example of how to pray, He shows us what is important. We are to serve God and not money.  

THE LORD’S PRAYER – SECTION FOUR

  • “And forgive us our sins.   For we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.” – Luke 11:4.

We all want forgiveness for ourselves.   The Bible teaches us that we need to forgive others if we want to be forgiven ourselves.  

Jesus said the following:

  • “For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.” –   Mathew 6:14-15

If we want to receive forgiveness from God, we must be a forgiving people.

THE LORD’S PRAYER – SECTION 5 

Many things in this world can trip us up and cause us to stumble. Satan knows our weakness and is constantly looking for an opportunity to wreak havoc in our lives.  

The Apostle Peter wrote about this in his first epistle:

  • “Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” – 1 Peter 5:8

Praying for God to keep us free from temptation is something that Jesus tells us is important to do.

CONCLUSION

If you want to pray like Jesus, you should incorporate these four things into your prayer life, as outlined in the Lord’s Prayer:

  1. Treat God with respect and reverence when you pray and in all things that you do,
  2. Pray for the things that you need in life before you pray for the things that you want,
  3. Pray for forgiveness and be a forgiving person,
  4. Pray that God will deliver you from the temptations in your life.

We will conclude today’s lesson with the following scripture from the Gospel of Mathew:

  • “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words.  So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.   Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.   Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.   Give us this day our daily bread.   And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]   For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.’” – Mathew 6:7-14.

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Michelle

Thankyou this has helped me tremendously understand the bible. For years I've struggled. I feel I don't get much meaning from it but I still read my bible every night. I know in my heart if I keep reading one day it will all make sense. Thankyou!

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John
Michelle

Thanks for your words of encouragement Michelle!

Stay with it. It sounds like the Spirit is working in you.

Remember, our God is not a God of confusion.

1 Corinthians 14:33.

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