A Structure for Prayer

The following prayer is traditionally taught as a passage to be recited, rather than a model for prayer, hence the words “when you pray say”. However, “The Lord’s Prayer” is actually “the disciple’s prayer”. Many of Jesus’ followers were men who first followed John the Baptist, so they were familiar with the forerunner’s practice of spiritual retreats in the wilderness (fasting, prayer, repentance). After being with Jesus, the followers sensed something different about His posture of prayer. Just as John the Baptist taught his disciples, Jesus teaches about prayer from the passage below. Jesus outlines the structure or pattern of prayer for His followers by placing emphasis on 5 key points:

  1. Adoration => honoring the Father, coming in humble reverence(v2)
  2. Submission => His will/kingdom first, His way of doing and being(v2)
  3. Supplication => Asking for His daily provision(v3)
  4. Repentance => forgiveness of sins, ours and others(v4)
  5. Protection => from the evil one and awareness of our own selfishness(v4)

Questions to ponder:

  1. What was Jesus doing before His disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray?
  2. According to this passage, what is the kingdom to come?
  3. Consider the placement of this passage in relation to Luke 10
    =>Jesus sends out the 70(Lk 10:1-12)
    =>Jesus rejoices upon the return of the 70(Lk 10:21-22)
    =>Jesus visits Martha and Mary(Lk 10:38-42)
    Is this significant?

Tomorrow consider Lk 11:5-8 persistent prayer – why did Jesus emphasize this? Plus answers to the above questions in the comments. 🙂

Luke 11:1-13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Instruction about Prayer

11 It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.” 2 And He said to them, “When you pray, say:

‘Father, hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
3
‘Give us each day our daily bread.
4
‘And forgive us our sins,
For we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.’”
5 Then He said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and from inside he answers and says, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been shut and my children and I are in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ 8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs.

9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened. 11 Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he? 12 Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

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4 Responses to “A Structure for Prayer”

  1. Dana Klibert Says:

    Lovin this ♡

  2. khollandsblog Says:

    1. What was Jesus doing before His disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray? v1 – He was praying

  3. khollandsblog Says:

    2. According to this passage, what is the kingdom to come?

    In this passage Jesus speaks of the kingdom of heaven. The kingdom of God is God’s manifested rule on earth as it is in heaven, bringing His way of doing and being in the earth. The kingdom also refers to God’s reign. Through prayer in partnership with God His divine reign is brought forth.

  4. khollandsblog Says:

    3. Consider the placement of this passage in relation to Luke 10
    =>Jesus sends out the 70(Lk 10:1-12)
    =>Jesus rejoices upon the return of the 70(Lk 10:21-22)
    =>Jesus visits Martha and Mary(Lk 10:38-42)
    Is this significant?

    When the 70 are sent Jesus calls on them to pray for the Lord of the harvest to send more laborers Lk 10:1-12

    When the 70 came back, Jesus by the Holy Spirit greatly rejoiced. Jesus also reveals His relationship with the Father and how no one can come to the Father without Him. Lk 10:16, 21-22

    Jesus visits Martha and Mary; Mary is commended for listening to Jesus teach and having fellowship with Him. Lk 10:38-42

    So leading up the the “Lord’s Prayer” we see how important prayer is in the fellowship and communion with God. How important it is to “sit at the feet of Jesus”.

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