Luke 11:1-13

I wonder which disciple this was (and more importantly, why he asked this):

“And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples” (1).

This morning I am impressed by the brevity of Jesus’ lesson.

I’m also struck by the lesson’s points of focus:

  • Remember our relationship with God.
  • Declare God’s greatness and holiness.
  • Promote His kingdom.
  • Surrender to His will.
  • Request sufficient-to-the-day satisfaction of basic needs.
  • Recognize our sin and ask His forgivness.
  • Have a forgiving heart.
  • Ask for victory over evil.

Such little and so brief focus on my own needs and desires, eh?!

Oh to pray with a growing consciousness of God, His kingdom, and His righteousness!

And to live that way also!

On that last item on the list: I know my own weaknesses, so pray, Mark! For watchfulness, for carefulness, for strength, for courage, for determination, for victory.

[Because of his importunity he will rise and give (Luke 11:8)]

from Luke 11:8

A little bit more from Luke 11: Pursue What You Need

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