Monday, 14 March 2011


Luke 11:1-11
 1 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”
 2 He said to them, “When you pray, say:
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come.[b]
3 Give us each day our daily bread.
4 Forgive us our sins,
   for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.[c]
And lead us not into temptation.[d]’”
 5 Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; 6 a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ 7 And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ 8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity[e] he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.
   9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
   11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for[f] a fish, will give him a snake instead?

What is Prayer?  Prayer is a conversation with God.  A two way communication between you and your Creator.

Jesus taught His disciples all about prayer.  It is important to note the sequence of the prayer.  Jesus first praised God, and then He asked for certain things.  When we praise God first, our attitude and frame of mind will be in order when we address our needs.  Our prayers sometimes sound like shopping lists, rather than a conversation with God. 

Jesus reiterated the importance of us forgiving all that have sinned against us.  God forgave our sins, we also have to forgive those that sinned against us.  When we don't want to forgive others, then it's clear that we don't understand that just as they are, we are also in desperate need for forgiveness.

Think about anyone who has done harm to you, have you truly forgiven them, or do you still carry the anger in your heart?  The relationship we have with God through prayer is directly influenced by the relationship we have with others.

God Bless

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