Luke 11:2-4 The model prayer. Not to be taken as a substitute for our own, but has the elements our prayers need. Praise to the Father, expression of hope in the future He promised, request provision for daily needs, forgiveness of sins, and instruction in daily life.
4 “…we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us…”
Desire to forgive is a good indicator of the heart condition. God forgives us so we must pass it on.
8-10 “…yet because of his persistence…ask, and it will be given…seek…knock…”
Persistence in prayer. And the verbs used for ask, seek, and knock are the participle form, linear action. Asking, seeking, knocking.
9-10 “…it will be given to you…you will find…it will be opened to you”
God will answer. We must be persistent and have patience. If He’s waiting, He also has good reason.
17 “…a house divided against a house falls”
It was useless to try to attribute Jesus’s power to anything other than God. Nothing else makes any logical sense. Interesting some would acknowledge the power of satan, but not of God.
22 “…when a stronger than he comes upon him…”
The fact that Jesus was able to cast out the demons shows His power was stronger than theirs.
23 “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.”
Seems weird to have this statement here. But the commentary suggests it ties what He has said with what He says next.
25 “…he finds it swept and put in order”
Here we have a demon who leaves a man, wanders about, then comes back to find the man in his right mind. But because the man has not filled himself with someone greater, the demon is able to return and bring friends along. This is contrasted against what Jesus has said and done. He is stronger than the demons and can cast them out. And if a person accepts His gifts of forgiveness and redemption, He will come to dwell inside the person’s heart. This will prevent any demons from being able to come in. This is why it is important to decide for Jesus rather than against Him. There is no neutral ground. You’ll either have Him inside to keep demons out or they can overcome you.
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Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.