This is the Lent 2015 series. We’re reading through Luke, from Jesus conquering temptation in the desert to the Passion, His crucifixion and resurrection. Today in Luke 11 let’s learn what Jesus teaches about prayer:
He said to them, “When you pray, say:
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.
And lead us not into temptation.'” (Luke 11:2-5)
Jesus then shows through parables that when we pray we are to come to God with boldness and ask for what we need, and that God, with love for us as a father has for his son, will bless us, supply our needs, and forgive our sins. Matthew Henry writes about this verse:
“That God has promised to give us what we ask of him. We have not only the goodness of nature to take comfort from, but the word which he has spoken (Luke 11:9, 10): “Ask, and it shall be given you; either the thing itself you shall ask or that which is equivalent; either the thorn in the flesh removed, or grace sufficient given in.”—We had this before, Matt. 7:7, 8. I say unto you. We have it from Christ’s own mouth, who knows his Father’s mind, and in whom all promises are yea and amen. We must not only ask, but we must seek, in the use of means, must second our prayers with our endeavours; and, in asking and seeking, we must continue pressing, still knocking at the same door, and we shall at length prevail, not only by our prayers in concert, but by our particular prayers: Every one that asketh receiveth, even the meanest saint that asks in faith. This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, Ps. 34:6. When we ask of God those things which Christ has here directed us to ask, that his name may be sanctified, that his kingdom may come, and his will be done, in these requests we must be importunate, must never hold our peace day or night; we must not keep silence, nor give God any rest, until he establish, until he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth, Isa. 62:6, 7.”
During Lent we are reflecting on the Passion, Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice for us. The Lord’s prayer empowers our relationship with Him, and assures us that He will communicate with us, hear our prayers, provide for our needs, and forgive our sins. The Passion illustrates the components of the Lord’s prayer in the most spectacular and loving way. Jesus’ sacrifice ensures relationship with us, He brings the Kingdom, provides for our needs, and ensures our forgiveness and salvation.
Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33)