In Jesus’ culture, people lived in close community; it was unthinkable to turn away a needy friend. In the same way, our heavenly Father is eager to hear our petitions. Examining Jesus’ Parable of the Friend at Night, Alistair Begg reminds us that while God may not grant us our every request, He will always do what is best for us. Prayer should become a pattern in our lives as we eagerly knock at the ever-open door of our Father.
5And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, 6for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’? 8I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence3 he will rise and give him whatever he needs. 9And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 11What father among you, if his son asks for4 a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; 12or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
Martin Luther referred to the Lord’s Prayer as "the greatest martyr on earth," because it was used, he said, so frequently without thought or feeling and without reverence or faith. In our Christian lives, nothing is more important, and nothing more difficult to establish and maintain, than a meaningful prayer life.
Although we can find time to do just about everything else; good things, industrious things, ministry things, it seems that when we get to the issue of prayer, everything works against us.
When we look at the Lord’s Prayer, we realize that there is much instruction contained in it. We shouldn’t think of it as something that is simply liturgical. Rather, we ought to consider it a realistic help to us in establishing our own prayer lives. As Christians we must be committed to seeing prayer become a central part of our daily walk with Christ. Prayer shouldn’t be supplemental - it should be fundamental.
In this series Alistair Begg explores what it means to use the Lord’s Prayer purposefully, seeking to understand then apply the principles it teaches.
|Hallowed Be Your Name||Luke 11:1-4|
|Your Kingdom Come||Luke 11:1-4|
|Give Us Each Day...||Luke 11:3|
|Forgive Us Our Sins||Luke 11:4|
|Forgiven and Forgiving, Part One||Luke 11:4|
|Forgiving and Forgiven, Part Two||Luke 11:4|
|Lead Us Not Into Temptation||Luke 11:4|
|More Help on Prayer||Luke 11:5-13|