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The Lord’s Prayer Got Cut Short

The Lord’s Prayer does not end with, “For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power and the Glory forever.”   It’s just not in the text.   Not only does it not end there, but it doesn’t end. I’m not sure why we have cut it short, but according to Luke, Jesus kept right on speaking when the one of his disciples said, “Lord, teach us to pray…” (Luke 11: 1) The rest of Jesus’ answer to the question goes like this:

5       Then He (Jesus) said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves;

6          for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’;

7          and from inside he answers and says, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been shut and my children and I are in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.

8          “I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs.

9          “So I say to you, aask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

10          “For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened.

11          “Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he?

12          “Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he?

13          “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

If I am reading this passage correctly Jesus is telling his disciples to be persistent, very, very persistent in their praying. Kenneth Wuest in The New Testament: An Expanded Version explains verses 8-10 this way:

I (Jesus) am saying to you, though he will not give to him, having arisen, because of being his friend, yet on account of his persistence, having arisen, he will give him as many as he is needing. And as for myself, I am saying to you, Keep on asking for something to be given, and it shall be given you. Keep on seeking and you shall find. Keep on reverently knocking, and it shall be opened to you. For everyone who keeps on asking for something to be given, keeps on receiving, and he that keeps on seeking, keeps on finding, and to the one who keeps on reverently knocking, it shall be opened.

This consistent Asking, Seeking, Knocking requires belief, active belief, confident belief that Jesus will and wants to respond to your needs today.

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