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Luke 11:1-13

Luke 11:1-13


1. Parable in the Gospel Narrative

(a) Comes in the travelogue of Luke 9:51-19:27…has a number of teachings by
Jesus…majority of parables are found in this section

(b) Preceded by the sending of the 72 and Jesus at the house of Martha (Luke 10)

(c) Followed by Jesus casting out of the demon that was mute (Luke 11:14)

(d) Audience…the disciples (Luke 11:1)

2. Unpacking the Parable (Luke 11)

(a) The parable is spoken in the context of Jesus himself in prayer, followed by a request to teach his disciples how to pray (v.1)

(b) The model prayer emphasizes:

(b1) A recipient with a relationship (Father)

(b2) A reverence (hallowed)

(b3) An invitation (kingdom come)

(b4) A need “bread” and a request “forgive, lead us not into temptation” (vv.2-4)

(c) The parable is largely a single question (vv.5-7) posed to the disciples

(d) The need of the petitioner is great enough to go to his friend at midnight, the response of the friend is solely based on his desire to fulfil the request or not (v.7)

(e) As discomforting it may be for the friend to provide for the request for “bread” he will provide it (v.8)

(f) Jesus then goes on to use the analogies of “Asking”, “Knocking” and “Seeking” (vv.9-10)

(g) Further Jesus speaks child and Father relationship in regard to earthly needs, comparing it with the willingness of the Heavenly Father to give the Holy Spirit

3. Purpose of the Parable

(a) The request to be taught “How to Pray” reveals that the discipline of prayer is integral to Christian Discipleship

(b) The recognition of the “Living God” being the recipient of our prayer ought for us to recognize the character of the “Father” he displays

4. Take Away

Be conscious of the “Father” when you pray