8.11 Jesus Taught Disciples A Prayer
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Jul 7 8.11 One day after Jesus had prayed, a disciple said,
“Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.”
“When you pray,”1 Jesus replied, “say:
‘Father, honored be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
May Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us each day our daily bread.
Forgive our sins, as we forgive our debtors.
Lead us not into temptation.’”
Then Jesus said, “Suppose you go to a friend at midnight and ask him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, because I have no bread to set before a visitor.’ Then from inside he answers, ‘Do not bother me. The door is locked and we’re already in bed. I cannot rise to give you anything.’ I tell you, though he won’t normally get up and meet his friend’s needs, however, as his friend persists, he will do so.
Jul 8 So ask,2 for everyone who asks receives. Seek, for everyone who seeks finds. Knock, and surely, the door will be opened to you. What father here, whose son asks for a fish will give him a snake? Or for an egg, and will give him a scorpion? If you sinful men give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask3 Him!”