Prayer: Father, hallowed be your name. Your Kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial. (Luke 11: 2-4)
Reading: Luke 11: 1-13 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: Within our text today is the prayer Jesus taught his disciples. We call it the Lord's Prayer; phrasing it a bit differently, varying according to the traditional or contemporary version and using the word trespasses, debts, or sins. We know it by heart. We pray it often. It covers everything.
So as we continue reading the text for today, the message is to persevere in prayer. The parable is of a neighbor who gets what he asks for because of his persistence. Then Jesus goes on to encourage us all to ask, seek and knock.
Whether our prayers are our own words, the prayer that Jesus taught us or the Spirit interceding when we don't know how to pray, what seems to matter most is to persevere in prayer. --Ruth Gates
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