Scripture: Luke 11:1-13; Luke 11:14-28; Luke 11:29-32; Luke 11:33-36; Luke 11:37-54

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READ and STUDY the WORD

Jesus Teaches His Disciples About Prayer

Luke 11:1-13 (KJV) And it came to pass, that, as He (Jesus) was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, one of His disciples said unto Him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.  And He said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.  Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.  And He said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, friend, lend me three loaves; 6 for a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?  And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.  I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.  And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.  10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?  12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?  13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?

Questions:

1. Whose name is to be “hallowed” (Luke 11:2a)?

2. Where is God’s will to be done (Luke 11:2b)?

3. What should we ask God to give us (Luke 11:3)?

4. What should we ask God to forgive (Luke 11:4a)?

5. From what should we ask to be delivered (Luke 11:4c)?

6. From what should we ask God to lead us away (Luke 11:4d)?

7. What did Jesus say would happen if we ask (Luke 11:9a)?

8. What did Jesus say would happen if we seek (Luke 11:9b)?

9. What did Jesus say would happen if we knock (Luke 11:9c)?

10. What will our heavenly Father give to us if we ask (Luke 11:13)?

Answers:

1. The name of our Father in heaven is to be hallowed.

2. God’s will is to be done both in heaven and on earth.

3. We should ask God to give us our daily bread.

4. We should ask God to forgive our sins.

5. We should ask God to deliver us from evil.

6. We should ask God to lead us away from temptation.

7. Whatever we ask shall be given to us.

8. If we seek, we shall find.

9. If we knock, the door will be opened.

10. If we ask our heavenly Father will give us the Holy Spirit.

Jesus Answers Hostile Accusations

Luke 11:14-28 (KJV) 14 And He (Jesus) was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake; and the people wondered.  15 But some of them said, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils.  16 And others, tempting Him, sought of Him a sign from heaven.  17 But He, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth. 18 If satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub.  19 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges. 20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.  21 When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: 22 But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.  23 He that is not with Me is against Me: and he that gathereth not with Me scattereth.  24 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out.  25 And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished.  26 Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.  27 And it came to pass, as He spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto Him, Blessed is the womb that bare Thee, and the paps which Thou hast sucked.  28 But He said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

Questions:

1. What is brought to desolation/destruction (Luke 11:17a)?

2. Why will a house fall (Luke 11:17b)?

3. Who is against Jesus (Luke 11:23)?

4. Who are blessed (Luke 11:28)?

Answers:

1. Every kingdom divided against itself shall not stand. It shall be brought to desolation/destruction.

2. A house will fall when it is divided against itself.

3. The one who isn’t with Jesus is against Him.

4. They who hear the word of God and keep it are blessed.

Jesus Warns Against Unbelief

Luke 11:29-32 (KJV) 29 And when the people were gathered thick together, He  (Jesus) began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet.  30 For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation.  31 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.  32 The men of Nineve shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.

Question:

1.Who is the greater one referred to in Luke 11:32?

Answer:

1. Jesus is the greater One.

Jesus Teaches About The Light Within

Luke 11:33-36 (KJV) 33 No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.  34 The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.  35 Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.  36 If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.

Questions:

1. Why is a candle placed on a candlestick (Luke 11:33)?

2. Of what should we seek to be full (Luke 11:35-36)?

Answers:

1. A candle is place on a candlestick so that they who come in make see the light.

2. We should seek to be full of light.

Jesus Criticizes The Religious Leaders

Luke 11:37-54 (KJV) 37 And as He (Jesus) spake, a certain Pharisee besought Him to dine with him: and He went in, and sat down to meat.  38 And when the Pharisee saw it, he marvelled that He had not first washed before dinner.  39 And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness.  40 Ye fools, did not He that made that which is without make that which is within also?  41 But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you.  42 But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.  43 Woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets.  44 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them.  45 Then answered one of the lawyers, and said unto Him, Master, thus saying Thou reproachest us also. 46 And He said, Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers.  47 Woe unto you! for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and your fathers killed them.  48 Truly ye bear witness that ye allow the deeds of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and ye build their sepulchres.  49 Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute:  50 That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation; 51 From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation.  52 Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.  53 And as He said these things unto them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge Him vehemently, and to provoke Him to speak of many things: 54 Laying wait for Him, and seeking to catch something out of His mouth, that they might accuse Him.

Questions:

1. What are the Pharisees passing over but should be doing (Luke 11:42)?

2. What were the lawyers doing (Luke 11:46, 52)? 

Answers:

1. The Pharisees should be showing judgment (justice) and the love of God.

2. The lawyers were laying heavy burdens on the people and they were not helping the people to understand God’s truth.

HEAR the WORD

Luke 11:24-26 24 “When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out.  25 And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished.  26 Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first”.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above passage.  It’s not enough to turn from current sin, we must immediately fill ourselves with the Holy Spirit.  If we don’t fill our life with godly behavior, worse sin will have an opportunity to enter into our life. And we’ll be even worse off.

MEMORIZE the WORD

Luke 11:9-10 (NIV) “So I (Jesus) say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”

Luke 11:28 (NIV) Jesus replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the Word of God and obey it.”

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

Luke 11:28 (NIV) Jesus replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the Word of God and obey it.”  When we read God’s Word with the intention of hearing, understanding and obeying it, I believe, we cannot help but fall in love with the writer.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

When we learn something new from God’s Word, we need to share it with others.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will ask, seek and knock in anticipation of You answering us (Luke 11:9).  Lord, I pray we will trust the Holy Spirit in our life (Luke 11:13).  Lord, I pray for America, right now we are divided.  Help us to come together as one nation under Your leadership (Luke 11:17, 23).  Lord, I pray we will be blessed because we hear and obey Your Word (Luke 11:28).  Lord, I pray we will be a light to those around us (Luke 11:33, 35-36). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I shine brightly to a world in need.” <>< Dona