Luke 11:1-13 Thursday, 1 October 2020
Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples." -Luke 11:1[ESV]
One of Jesus’ disciples approached Him with a request –“Lord, teach us to pray”( Luke 11:1). The disciples were closely watching Jesus and His prayer life. The motivation behind this request could be the fact they saw Jesus’ prayers always heard. This might have created a desire in the disciples to know how to pray rightly. If we ask the Lord the same question today, He will have the same answer for us.
Jesus taught them the MODEL of prayer which both includes man’s responsibilities and God’s provision.
“Father, hallowed be your name” (Luke 11:2): To call God as Our Father, we must have become children of God, which happens when Jesus Christ lives in us. John 1:12: “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God…” and Romans 8:14-15: “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God…” Besides, God’s name is to be honoured!-its our desire to see it revered by all. Now for God’s children, we honour His name, in our thoughts, words, lives—in the home and outside the home.
Your kingdom come (Luke 11:2): We pray that His reign be seen everywhere- and more so in our lives! His reign will be executed in our lives, when we wilfully surrender our lives to His authority. 1 Peter 3:15 says: “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts…”