More than the Lord’s Prayer

Finally, Jesus answers a question!  At the beginning of Luke 11 one of the disciples asks Jesus to teach them to pray.  Jesus’ first response is the infamous Lord’s Prayer.  Until I took a closer look, I thought that Jesus’ teaching on prayer ended with “lead us not into temptation.”  However, I saw a fascinating statement, “Then he said to them..”(v.5)  It’s the next verse!  Jesus is still teaching on prayer.

The first thing Jesus teaches his friends, after the Lord Prayer, is boldness in prayer.  “I tell you, though he will not get up and give him the bread because he is his friend, yet because of the man’s boldness[e] he will get up and give him as much as he needs.” The next thing: “For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”(v8) (he is still in his teaching posture here, still answering their question.)

The final thing Jesus teaches is fascinating.  If someone would have quizzed me on this text I would have got it wrong.  Listen to Jesus final teaching that day on prayer.  ”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!”  Did I read that right?  In prayer we are to ask him for the gift of His Spirit?

With regards to belief, I have to ask myself, “Do I believe that the Lord has called me to be bold in prayer?  Do I truly ask, seek and knock believing that the Lord will provide?  Do I believe that the Spirit is in me and pray to that end?

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