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How can we not be encouraged to pray? Jesus shows us what sorts of things we can talk to God about and assures us that He will answer us.

BibleGateway: Luke 11:1-13

ESV Text: Luke 11:1-13

KJV Text:

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     1 And it came to pass, that, as he 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. 2 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. 3 Give us day by day our daily bread. 4 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. 5 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? 7 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. 8 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. 9 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?(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 458 (LSB 766):
Our Father, Thou in Heaven Above — Organ Audio

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1. Our Father, Thou in heaven above, 
Who biddest us to dwell in love, 
As brethren of one family, 
To cry in every need to Thee, 
Teach us no thoughtless word to say, 
But from our inmost heart to pray. 

2. Thy name be hallowed. Help us, Lord, 
In purity to keep Thy Word, 
That to the glory of thy name 
We walk before Thee free from blame. 
Let no false doctrine us pervert; 
All poor, deluded souls convert. 

3. Thy kingdom come. Thine let it be 
In time and in eternity. 
Let Thy good Spirit e’er be nigh 
Our hearts with graces to supply. 
Break Satan’s power, defeat his rage; 
Preserve Thy Church from age to age. 

4. Thy gracious will on earth be done 
As ’tis in heaven before Thy throne; 
Obedience in our weal and woe 
And patience in all grief bestow. 
Curb flesh and blood and every ill 
That sets itself against Thy will. 

5. Give us this day our daily bread 
And let us all be clothed and fed. 
From war and strife be our Defense, 
From famine and from pestilence, 
That we may live in godly peace, 
Free from all care and avarice. 

6. Forgive our sins, Lord, we implore, 
Remove from us their burden sore, 
As we their trespasses forgive 
Who by offenses us do grieve. 
Thus let us dwell in charity 
And serve our brother willingly. 

7. Into temptation lead us not. 
When evil foes against us plot 
And vex our souls on every hand, 
Oh, give us strength that we may stand 
Firm in the faith, a well-armed host, 
Through comfort of the Holy Ghost! 

8. From evil, Lord, deliver us; 
The times and days are perilous. 
Redeem us from eternal death, 
And when we yield our dying breath, 
Console us, grant us calm release, 
And take our souls to Thee in peace. 

9. Amen, that is, So shall it be. 
Confirm our faith and hope in Thee 
That we may doubt not, but believe 
What here we ask we shall receive. 
Thus in Thy name and at Thy word 
We say: Amen. Oh, hear us, Lord! Amen.