Because You Prayed
Topic: Prayer Passage: Luke 11:1–11:13
This weekend begins a two-week summer series on prayer titled: “Asking”. Prayer is a powerful God-given instrument for accomplishing God’s kingdom purposes on earth. It is available to any and all of us in every situation, all the time. Prayer can involve many things including praise, thanksgiving, confession, and listening but this series will focus on asking. In Luke 11:9 Jesus said, “Ask and it will be given to you.” One of my goals in this series for each of you, and for our church family this summer, is to reignite the practice of specific, persistent, bold, kingdom prayer. The first weekend, June 7-8, I will share a simple tool you can use this summer to strengthen your prayer life so that you clearly see that as we ask, He answers.
Luke 11:1-13 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.” 2 And he said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. 3 Give us each day our daily bread, 4 and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.â€¨And lead us not into temptation.” 5 And 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, 6 for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and 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’? 8 I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs. 9 And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 11 What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; 12 or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If 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!”
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