Good morning and welcome to Thursday's Daily. Matthew 6 is not the only place Jesus taught his disciples to pray. Luke gives a record of a similar teaching so let's allow his story to teach us something new.
CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_What are you looking forward to about today? What are you dreading?
_How has God been present with someone you know? Have you taken an opportunity to tell them that they are loved by him?
_God longs to give good gifts to his children. Ask him.
DISCOVER [ Luke 11:1-13 ] 11 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.
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!”
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_Glance through a few pages of Luke's Gospel. How do we know when there is a break in the teaching or story? What word does Luke seem to use to indicate this transition?
_Why do the disciples ask to be taught how to pray? Is this a good motive?
_Do you think his disciples were expecting such a short and simple prayer?
_How is this prayer different to the version recorded in Matthew 6? How is it similar?
_In the two parables following, what does Jesus teach about our relationship to God?
_According to v13, what is the goal of prayer?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and respond to what I learned today with a simple concrete step of action/obedience? (In groups discuss this in guy/girl break-outs, below are a couple of ideas to help prompt responses if needed)
+ WHO are you walking with that you might pass along or encourage what you learned, with today? (e.g., your family around the dinner table, a friend, co-worker or neighbor you are walking with to discover the message Jesus)