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The text for this lesson is Luke 11:1–13; John 16:23–33

Key Point

  • Our heavenly Father invites us to pray and promises to hear our prayers for the sake of His Son, Jesus.
  • Law: I sin by not trusting God and failing to pray to Him for all things.
  • Gospel: God promises to hear and answer my prayers because of His Son, Jesus, and to do what is best and good for me.

Discussion Points

  1. According to Luke 3:21–22, what event resulted in Jesus being identified as the beloved Son of the Father? What gives us the right to pray the Lord’s Prayer? (See Galatians 3:26–27; Romans 8:14–17; and Galatians 4:4–7.)
  2. In what part of the Divine Service is the Lord’s Prayer prayed? What kind of bread is received by faith and discussed in John 6:33, 35, 51, and 54?
  3. In Luke 11:11–13, how does Jesus argue from the lesser to the greater? What is so surprising about what Jesus calls the disciples in 11:13? What is a bit surprising about the prayer itself? What does this teach us?
  4. Read Luke 11:9–10. On face value, what seems to be the immediate result of prayer? Do our own experiences with prayer seem to contradict this? Luke 11:9 could be better translated, “Keep on asking, and it will be given to you; keep on seeking, and you will find; keep on knocking, and it will be opened to you.” Does this translation make Jesus’ words fit more closely to our actual experiences?
  5. Where does 2 Corinthians 1:18–22 teach us to look for the final answer to all of our prayers?
  6. What is the advantage to rote prayers? Which book in the Bible is helpful to study if we desire to learn how to pray more faithfully?
  7. Paul tells us, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:16–18). Yet sometimes our prayers falter. We do not or cannot pray as we should. What wonderful comfort does Romans 8:26–27 give us when we feel that we have failed to pray or do not know how to pray correctly?

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