The Teachings of Jesus – Parable about Prayer

September 29, 2019


                Text:  Luke 11:1-13


The Occasion

                The disciples observed Jesus praying

                One disciple said to Him, “Lord teach us to pray.”

                Jesus said, 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.”


The Parable

                 “Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight
         and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves;  for a friend of mine
         has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before
         him’;  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.’  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.”


The Teaching

                “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you
        will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who
        asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks
        it will be opened.  


        (Illustration)  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? 
        Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will


       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?”


The Lesson

       Much of prayer is ‘asking’

John 14:14  If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.

       Matthew 18:19 “Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth
         agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by
         my Father in heaven

       Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by 
         prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests
         be made known to God.

       Jeremiah 33:3  ‘Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will
         tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’


The Truth about Prayer

  • Only God can supply what we truly need

  • He has it but is waiting for us to ask for it.

  • Ask, seek, and knock and you will be answered.

  • God is a loving Father who wants to give to us.

  • We have not because we do not ask (James 4:2)

  • We ask and do not receive because we ask with
    wrong motives (James 4:3)



        Ask God:

                For what He already wants to give you

                    Our daily provision (Luke 11:3)

                    Forgiveness of sin (Luke 11: 4)

                    A new heart (Ezek. 36:26)

                    Peace that surpasses all comprehension (Phil. 4:6-7)

                    More of His Spirit (Luke 11:13)

                    Wisdom (James 1:5)

       Persist in asking

            He will respond to the persistent pray-er. (Luke 11:8)

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