Context is Sermon on the Mount.
- Luke’s reason for recording
- These three stories focus on relationships moving from relationship with fellow man, relationship with Jesus to relationship with God.
- Luke stresses the inherent relationship between how one reacts to people and how one relates to God.
- Matthew’s prologue
- Prayer is communication between you and God only. (Matt 6:5-6)
- God is concerned with the attitude of your prayer and not the language. (Matt 6:7-8)
- The expressions of the Lord’s prayer
- “Hallowed be your name” – Recognize who you are praying to: there is no one like God.
- “Your kingdom come” – Recognize God’s sovereignty: only God’s will matters.
- “Give us each day our daily bread” – Recognize God’s provision: God provides the essentials.
- “and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us” – Recognize God’s grace and mercy: God has forgiven us and enables us to forgive others.
- Matthew’s epilogue – God will not forgive us if we don’t forgive others. (Matt 6:14-15).
- “And lead us not into temptation” – Recognize God’s power over evil: God helps us bear up under temptation.
- Luke’s epilogue
- Be persistent in prayer: persistence reveals we are serious about our request. (Luke 11:5-8)
- Persistence helps us learn and accept God’s will. (Luke 11:9-10)
- Depend upon God: he answers prayers. (Luke 11:11-12)
- We need the Holy Spirit to guide us in praying according to and understanding God’s will. – (Luke 11:13)
- The Transformation Expectation
- We must pray!
- Make daily time to spend with God in prayer.