Talks for Growing Christians
The Lord’s Prayer
Lesson Number 30
- The Lord gave believers a pattern for praying.
- The Lord gave believers a principle for praying.
- The Lord gave believers a promise for praying.
- Don’t pray unscriptural prayers.
- Let’s teach the importance of prayer by our example.
- What would be a better name for “The Lord’s Prayer”?
- Does verse 7 imply that God is bothered with our prayers and only reluctantly answers them when we are persistent?
- What is the point of verses 11-12?
- What is the best gift that God gives His children?
- Do we need to pray for the Holy Spirit to be given to us?
- The Disciple’s Prayer.
- First, this is not a parable, but an illustration. The man does not represent God, as in a parable. This is an illustration that the Lord gave to illustrate the principle, “Don’t give up when you pray just because you don’t get an immediate answer. Continue to pray.”
- God promises that He will only give us good gifts. He will never deceive us with the gifts that He gives. He will never give us gifts that might scare us or harm us.
- The Holy Spirit, who indwells your heart at salvation
- No, verse 13 was spoken to the disciples before the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Since Pentecost, all believers are indwelt by the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (Ephesians 1:13).
- Go back through this model prayer phrase by phrase and discuss how each part can be a pattern for our prayers.
- As believers today we don’t have to pray for the Holy Spirit to be given to us. But we can pray to be led by the Holy Spirit, and taught by the Holy Spirit, and empowered and enabled by the Holy Spirit. These prayers would be in line with Scripture.
- If you say that prayer is important, do you model its importance in your life? We should both realize the important of prayer and teach the importance of prayer.
- “Lord, teach us to pray.” Luke 11:1
- “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.” Luke 11:9