Luke 11. Forum Discussion

Prayer: Jesus' example

If you were given the opportunity to ask Jesus how to pray, would you ask Him? That is exactly what happens in the 11th chapter of Luke’s Gospel.

One of the disciples said to Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.” 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.’”

Let’s look at Jesus’ example of how to pray. In the very first section, Jesus says:

“Father, hallowed be Your name.” He starts the prayer by showing reverence and respect for God.

Next, Jesus says, “Give us each day our daily bread.” It’s interesting that Jesus’ example was to pray for the necessities of life, “Our daily bread.” Many times our prayers can be more materialistic than just asking for enough to eat. 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 Mathew 6:24-26, “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?”

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

The next portion of Jesus’ example on prayer focuses on forgiveness. He says in verse 4, “And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.” We all want forgiveness, not judgement for ourselves. In Mathew 6:14-15, Jesus says, “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.” If we want to receive forgiveness from God, we are to be a forgiving people.

Jesus ends His example on prayer with, “And lead us not into temptation.” There are many things in this world that can trip us up and cause us to stumble. Satan knows our weakness. As it says in 1 Peter 5:8, “Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” Praying for God to keep us free from temptation is something that He wants us to do.

There you have it. If you want to pray like Jesus:

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

When you do these things, you will be praying just as Jesus taught us to. Amen


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What reaction do you have as to how Jesus said to pray?

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It is very basic things that He said to pray for. No materialism what soever. That is very telling.