Radically Great: Take the initiative – Luke 11:1-13

Radically Great: Take the initiative – Luke 11:1-13





“””The Church New Barnet needs is a community that…

depends prayerfully upon God our Father,trusting him to provide all we need.”” 

 Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples..” (Luke 11:1)

1) Make prayer your steering wheel not your spare tyre.

“He said to them, “When you pray, say: ” ‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.  Give us each day our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation’ (Luke 11:2-4)


(i) “Father. Hallowed be your name.”


(ii) “Your kingdom come.”


(iii) “Give us each day our daily bread.”



(iv) Forgive us our sins


(a) Lead us away from temptation

(b) Forgive us our sins

(c) Forgive others


Who do you need to forgive?



2) Bold prayers honour God, and God honours bold prayers. (v5-8)

Suppose one of you has a friend, and he goes to him at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have nothing to set before him. Then the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children are with me in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’  I tell you, though he will not get up and give him the bread because he is his friend, yet because of the man’s boldness he will get up and give him as much as he needs.” (Luke 11:5-8)


“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you””Luke 11:9

3) Father gives us what we need.

” Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?  If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:10-13)



I want to know more:

  • To Read: Mustard Seed v McWorld – Tom Sine
  • To Read: Practicing the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
  • To Read: A Call to Pray By JC Ryle http://www.gracegems.org/SERMONS/call_to_prayer.htm
  • To Read: Autobiography of George Muller by George Muller
  • To Read: Every Good Endeavour by Timothy Keller
  • To Read: Do What Jesus Did, Robby Dawkins
  • More on Luke 11:1-4 The Lord’s Prayer http://marshill.com/media/luke/the-lords-prayer
  • More on Luke 11:5-13, Asking for the Holy Spirit http://marshill.com/media/luke/asking-for-the-holy-spirit