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March 13, 2018

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Reading along with us in Luke? Here’s today’s reading:

Luke 11 (ESV)

Now Jesus[a] was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” And he said to them, “When you pray, say:

“Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread,[b]
and forgive us our sins,
    for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.”

And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’? I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence[c] he will rise and give him whatever he needs....Continue Reading

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  1. 9And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 11

    . 34Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness. 35Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness. 36If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly bright, as when a lamp with its rays gives you light.”

  2. “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 If a son asks for bread[d] from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 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!”

    I am not sure what I thought was being asked for in the past. I guess I just was just about God answering prayer in general, but this says, “how much more will your heavenly Father give the HOLY SPIRIT to those who ask Him.” That’s amazing to think that we can ask for the Holy Spirit. If I am understanding this correctly, it is about asking for Salvation, a relationship with God, the indwelling Holy Spirit.

  3. Luke begins this chapter with Jesus talking about prayer. How important it is for us to remember God’s character and kingdom as we pray. It guides us in how to pray and what to pray for. And what a promise Jesus gives about asking and receiving. It certainly points to God’s openness and availability to provide for our needs. But it certainly can’t mean that He will give us whatever we want, but that which is consistent with His plan and His person and purposes. In fact it is interesting to me that the thing Jesus points to specifically that the Father will give us is the Holy Spirit. And Amy, because He references children receiving things from their fathers, I do think that He is referring to believers receiving greater expressions of the Spirit’s ministry in their lives (as in the filling of the Spirit as opposed to the baptism of the Spirit).

    Jesus then talks about the kingdom of darkness and dismisses claims that He is operating from that power. But not only is it silly that one so attached to God would be empowered by the kingdom of darkness, we also need to be aware of the power of satan’s kingdom to overpower and repossess those outside of God’s power. It is only by virtue of the power of God that we can confront the power and influence of satan. And by aligning Jesus with the devil and thereby rejecting Him, that generation needs to understand the accountability they have to have Jesus before their eyes. And as they seek for signs, the only sign they will be given is Jesus’ death and resurrection.

    Yes, we need to be very aware of the responsibility we have to have light (truth) entering our souls. If not we will be full of darkness (sin and deception). And the greatest culprits at that time were the Pharisees, because they were In darkness but they thought they had the light. That is why Jesus pronounces woes on them and reveals their hypocrisy.

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