Discipleship Lessons from Luke: Praying

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This is the fourth of nine sermons in our series on ‘Discipleship Lessons from Luke’. This sermon is on ‘Praying’ Preacher: Michael Calder. Bible Reading: Luke 11:1-13

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BIBLE READING: Luke 11:1-13

One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”

He said to them, “When you pray, say:

“ ‘Father,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come.

Give us each day our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins,

for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.

And lead us not into temptation. ’ ”

Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS

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CONNECT: How will you listen to Jesus this week? 

WARM-UP Question

  1. If you were to go up to someone in Grand Central and ask them what they thought prayer was, what do you think they would say? Does the world pray?

  2. Who first taught you how to pray? Can you remember some of the first times you prayed?

READ Luke 11:1-4

  1. What do we learn about Jesus in the first verse? How does this affect us and our lives?

  2. Why is the Lord’s Prayer so important? Has it been important in your personal prayer life?

  3. Jesus begins with the word, ‘Father’. How is this both radical and counter-cultural? How do other cultures or religions address their ‘gods’?

  4. What does it mean for God to make his name hallowed?

  5. How does God’s kingdom coming affect our lives on a larger and more personal level? How can we be part of God’s kingdom coming on the earth today?

  6. Here in Toowoomba in 2019, what does it mean for us to pray ‘give us each day our daily bread’?

  7. On what grounds can we ask for forgiveness? What is the relationship between our forgiveness by God and us forgiving others? (See Matthew 18:21-35)

  8. Read James 1:13-15. Does God lead us into temptation? Why then do we pray this line?

  9. If everyone in your small group was to see your prayer life, how would it shape up to the Lord’s Prayer?

READ Luke 11:5-13

  1. What is the great joy and assurance that we have in coming to God in prayer?

  2. What does the story of the two friends teach us about prayer? Why should we be persistent in prayer?

  3. Are there things in your life that distract or discourage you in your persistent prayer? What can you do to focus and encourage your persistent prayer?

  4. What is the gift that God gives us? How does this encourage and spur us on in our walk with him?

APPLY: What can you put in place to help your prayer life be ‘in tune’ with Jesus’?

PRAYER

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen. 

GOING DEEPER

WITH CHILDREN