Reflections on Luke 11 – LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY. [#3]
(1) When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”
I want to pause and take a step back for an overview before looking at the detail.
One benefit of staying with a passage and soaking in it is the clarity brought to ones mind.
Here in this exchange Jesus is asked a wonderful thing, ‘teach us to pray.’ And in his response is clearly in two parts: verses 2-4 where he tells them/us WHAT to pray for, and verses 5-13 where he tells them/us HOW to pray. Yes, it really is that simple. If we remember this clear fact of the passage we are saved from much error, much confusion born of reading verses out of context. When reading verses 5-13 we often forget that Jesus has JUST told us WHAT to be praying for J
Before my next post feel free to read Luke 11 yourself with this clear framework in mind. It really is illuminating.