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Learning from Luke: The Lord’s Prayer

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Luke 11:1-13

Isaiah 62:10-11- the Isaiah passage talks about God’s urging His people to pass through the gates, to celebrate His goodness towards them. On Palm Sunday, we remember how Jesus passed through the gates to shouts of acclamation and praise. But interacting with God needs to go much deeper than the occasional shout. We NEED to move past the mere waving of palms, and into the deeper places of prayer.

To Go Deeper With God,

Learn the Components of Prayer
Luke 11:1-4

  • v1 Ask God to teach you through prayer
  • v2 Father- close relationship;
    hallowed- holy remembrance;
    your kingdom- submission to God’s will over your own
  • v3 dependence – daily manna
  • v4 Pulpit Commentary: “unforgivING is unforgivEN”;
    conditional nature to forgiveness, LET GO to receive;
    recognize we are VULNERABLE to temptation –
    God never leads us to be tempted (James 1), so this prayer is a reminder that we need to follow God’s holy directions instead of our own fallen nature

Cultivate Constancy in Prayer
Luke 11:5-8

  • v5/6 example of obligation; we are to care for others
  • v7/8 example of boldness; we don’t annoy God with prayer- God appreciates what would drive us to distraction!

Commit to Prayer
Luke 11:9-13

  • v9/10 ask/seek/knock= increase in fervor; keep going in prayer!
  • v11/13 we don’t give rotten gifts, and we’re rotten ourselves – we know to give better than we are; in Matthew, God gives “good things”; Luke is more specific – God gives HIMSELF as our answer to prayer

What prayer could you possibly pray where God Himself showing up wouldn’t help?

This last week, a grandpa “PawPaw” made burgers for his grandchildren, but only one grandkid showed up. Are you showing up for God in prayer?

Thoughts on Scripture study

Because it did strike me that I had been wanting to interrogate the Bible, I was a literary critic by training, and what literary critics do is they interrogate things. And so it struck me that I was in the posture of the interrogator. It did make me wonder though. The whole premise of an inerrant and inspired Bible – the premise of it is that the Bible then interrogates you. You don’t interrogate it. And the justification for that is that the Bible is written by a holy God. And I had to stop and think for a moment because, you know, if God did create the heavens and the earth and everything, and if God did set apart a people for himself before he made the stars and the sand, you know every little leaf on a tree, then nothing is higher than God. And therefore, God does have the authority to interrogate me.” (The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: An English Professor’s Journey into Christian Faith, by Dr. Rosaria Butterfield)

I’m posting this quote here because:

  1. I thought it was really insightful – we read the Bible… and the Bible reads us.
  2. I’m going to want to use this in a sermon someday, but it doesn’t really fit for anything I’m preaching soon.
  3. Because it doesn’t YET fit — but it’s too good to not use — I want to remember that I read it, and my blog is a good spot for these kinds of things.

So, I’ll tag this under “sermon fodder” so I’ll know to return to it someday. It will be interesting to see how long this will take before it’s used. Hopefully, I’ll remember to update this post whenever I use this quote.


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