Luke 11:1–13 (ESV)
1 Now Jesus 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.” 2 And he said to them, “When you pray, say:
“Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
3 Give us each day our daily bread,
4 and forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.”
5 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, 6 for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 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’? 8 I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs. 9 And I tell 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 the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 11 What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; 12 or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
- Reflection Questions
- Luke 11:1-4
- How does addressing God as “Father” change my view about prayer and how I relate to God?
- What is implied in praying for God’s holiness and his kingdom before other prayer topics?
“And lead us not into temptation […] should not be interpreted that God will lead us into temptation (James 1:13-15); [rather] God has a power to protect us and keep us from succumbing to temptation.” 
- What does this prayer regarding temptation show about the proper posture Jesus wants his disciples to have toward sin?
- What practical implication would it have if I prayed daily according to the priorities of this prayer?
- What is the main point of the parable of the friend seeking bread at midnight, and what lesson does it teach about prayer?
- How does one receive the Holy Spirit from God?
- Why is giving of the Holy Spirit by God compared to parents giving good gifts to their children?
- Please pray through the Lord’s prayer.
 Darrell L. Bock, Luke, The IVP New Testament Commentary Series, (InterVarsity Press, 1994) 205.