Have your ever missed half a lesson? Maybe you arrived to class late or had to leave early? Did you find it confusing? Did it lead to misunderstandings and assumptions? Did you only decorate half the cake?
It can be easy to only catch half of the lessons Christ gives us. We pulled out a few verses from the Bible or only read a chapter or get distracted by the sub headings in the Bible and think we’ve got the whole thing. Maybe we’ve only ever heard part of the story. We haven’t read that part of the Bible for ourselves so we truly think Noah took only two of each animal into the ark.
I discovered one of these half lessons the other day in Luke 11. For all the countless times I’ve heard and read things about the Lord’s Prayer and Jesus’ answer to His disciples question “Teach us how to pray” no one has ever given the full lesson. Most read and discuss the Lord’s Prayer. But this is only the first part of Christ’s lesson. In many Bibles there is then a break at the end of verse 4 and a new subheading for verse 5. So we say, yes, the Lord’s Prayer is the full lesson. Tick, done, lesson learnt. But it’s not.
Verse 5 of Luke 11 starts with an “And” which is a word that links the Lord’s prayer to the next section. In the next 8 verse (5-13) Jesus continues His lesson in prayer. And I’m glad He did.
In verses 5 – 10 Jesus tells us to keep asking, over and over again, like a nagging neighbour until our prayers are answered. He then reminds us to seek and keep seeking, to knock and keep knocking, to ask and keep asking. This is followed with the promise that those who keep seeking find, those who keep asking receive and those who keep knocking have a door open to them. Although God won’t give us everything we ask for, (He loves us too much for that), He wants us to have persistent faith in our prayers. So if there is something you’ve been praying about for ages, don’t give us, keep asking, keep seeking, keep knocking, the answer is coming.
Jesus follows this in verse 11 – 13 by reminding us that when our children ask us for things we only give them good things. God, being the best Father, gives us even better than what good earthly fathers give their children. So when we ask God our Father for something, we should expect Him to give us good things.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights.” James I:17
So today take time to consider the whole lesson of Luke 11:1-13 where Jesus taught us to pray. Remember that God only give good things to His children and keep, keep praying.
Has there a time in your life where you have had to pray for the same thing for a very long time? What happened? Share your experience in the comments below.
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