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The Friend Who Calls at Midnight

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In another parable Jesus tells of a friend who comes to another friend at midnight with a request. The friend who disturbs the other has no regard for himself, i.e. how he might appear to his friend, and he has little or no regard for his neighbor’s comfort (Luke 11:5-8). What seems to be all important is that he has a guest in his home, but he has nothing to set before him to express his hospitality. On the other hand the friend in bed has absolutely no desire to get out of bed. He has no interest in helping his friend. He just wants him to go away. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Forgive Us Our Trespasses

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While Jesus was in Jerusalem for his third Passover of his public ministry, he taught his disciples how to pray for the Kingdom of God. What we sometimes call the Our Father is that prayer, and we have come to its final four clauses, which probably should be taken together. In Luke 11:4 Jesus tells us to pray for the Father’s forgiveness over the sins that we have committed. At first this appears like a contradiction with respect to what Christ intends to do later. Aren’t our sins once and for all forgiven when we receive Christ as our Savior? Why, then, do we need to pray for forgiveness of our sins (Luke 11:4) whenever we pray to our Father (cf. Luke 11:2)? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Give Us This Day

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After Jesus told the disciples how to approach God in prayer (Luke 11:2), he told them to pray God would give us our daily bread (Luke 11:3). The request in the Greek is in the present imperative and indicates a continuous operation once begun. In other words Jesus tells us to ask God to begin giving us and continue to give us our daily bread. I get the picture of a request to turn on a faucet for water or a machine to operate. The faucet or machine continues until it is turned off, and this would not be unlike the manna God gave to ancient Israel under Moses. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Thy Will Be Done

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In what we term the Our Father Jesus used to teach his Apostles (and us) how to pray. In the final clause of Luke 11:2 Jesus tells us to pray, “thy will be done, as in heaven, so on earth.” I believe one of the keys to understanding Jesus’ teaching at this point is to remember the disciple came to Jesus, confessing his ignorance and asking Jesus to teach him and the other disciples how to pray (Luke 11:1). After all, if he knew how to pray, or how to hollow God’s name, or how bring the Kingdom of God to fruition etc., why would he come asking Jesus to teach him and the others how to do these things? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Hollowed Be Thy Name

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While in Jerusalem for the third Passover of his public ministry, Jesus taught his disciples how to approach God in prayer. He told them, rather than look upon God as a distant deity as the gentiles do (and apparently the Jewish authorities did, as well), approach him as our Father, ‘Abba’ or Daddy in the vernacular (Luke 11:2). The next phrase he taught them was to say hollowed be thy name, which is as much a term of worship as it is a request. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Importance of Prayer

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The Scriptures show us that prayer is a powerful and extremely important form of communication with God. Nevertheless, most folks today seem to neglect to make prayer the important part of their lives that it should be. The Apostles seem to have been impressed with the effect of Jesus’ own prayers and came to Jesus in Luke 11:1, asking him to teach them to pray, just as John the Baptist had taught his disciples. Aside from this Scripture, we have no knowledge of John’s prayers or how they may have affected his disciples, but, apparently, just as Jesus’ prayers were powerful, John must have been a powerful prayer warrior. So, the Apostles came to Jesus, apparently hoping they could, also, enter into this kind of powerful activity. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Gospel in Jesus’ Prayers

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Luke records Jesus at prayer eleven times in his Gospel., and if taken together, we would find the Gospel preached to us. Luke’s choice of Jesus’ prayers (and there are other prayers in the other Gospel narratives) lets us see a progression of belief, even a progression to belief, in the Gospel of Jesus. I was quite surprised with what I found here, not that anything is new, but to find these things collected into one place (labeled prayer) was, indeed, surprising. What Jesus puts in prayer is a picture of God reaching out to mankind in such a manner that causes mankind to reach out to him. In other words, Luke has Jesus praying out salvation (the Gospel). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 4, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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