Luke 11. Forum Discussion

Prayer: Jesus' example

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.” 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 the passage above, and what is commonly referred to as, “The Lord’s Prayer.”

We will divide Jesus’ prayer into 5 sections.

SECTION ONE OF THE LORD’S PRAYER

“Father, hallowed be Your name.” 

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

SECTION TWO OF THE LORD’S PRAYER

“Your kingdom come.”

“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!

SECTION THREE OF THE LORD’S PRAYER

“Give us each day our daily bread.”

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. 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.

SECTION FOUR OF THE LORD’S PRAYER

“And forgive us our sins. For we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.”

We all want forgiveness, not judgement in our own lives.

In Mathew 6, 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.” – Mathew 6:14-15. 

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

SECTION FIVE OF THE LORD’S PRAYER

And lead us not into temptation.

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

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 Jesus tells us is important 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, your prayer life will be elevated to a higher level. You will be learning from Jesus and applying what you have learned. There is no better path to follow then that.

Thank you for joining us today. Please join us again tomorrow as we look at Luke 12. We will be studying about priorities and putting God first. May God’s blessings be upon you until then.  Amen

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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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