GPS: September 30, 2016

By September 30, 2016Devotional

Today’s Scripture:

Luke 11:1-13

He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial.” And he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.’ And he answers from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, at least because of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs. “So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish? Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion? 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!”

Food For Thought:

In this passage of Scripture, Jesus teaches his followers how to pray. This is probably one of the first prayers that you learned as a child. Many Christians are uncomfortable praying. Part of it is because we aren’t really taught how to pray and another part is we forget what prayer is meant to be about. Prayer is simply our way to communicate to God and be heard by God. It doesn’t have to be eloquent. It doesn’t have to be complex. It simply needs to be genuine, honest, and open.


O Almighty God, who pourest out on all who desire it the

spirit of grace and of supplication: Deliver us, when we draw

near to thee, from coldness of heart and wanderings of mind,

that with steadfast thoughts and kindled affections we may

worship thee in spirit and in truth; through Jesus Christ our

Lord. Amen.


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