How to Pray
Luke 11:1-4 (Matthew 6:5-15)
(1) One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John the Baptizer taught his disciples to pray.” (2) Jesus said to them, “When you pray, say, ‘Father, holy be your name, your kingdom come. (3) Give us our daily bread. (4) Forgive us our sins, as we forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.’ ”
Keep Asking, Keep Seeking, Keep Knocking
Luke 11:5-13 (Matthew 7:7-11)
(5) Then Jesus told them this parable (story): “Suppose you go to your friend at midnight and tell him, ‘My dear friend, lend me three loaves of bread, (6) because a guest has come to visit my home, and I have nothing to feed him.’ (7) And suppose your friend says, ‘Don’t bother me! My door is already locked, and my family is all sleeping. I can’t get up out of bed and give you any bread.’
(8) “I tell you the truth: Even though your friend will not at first get out of bed to give you bread, yet if you are persistent and keep asking, he will finally get up and give you as much as you need.
(9) “I tell you the truth: Keep asking and it will be given to you; keep seeking and you will find; keep knocking and the door will be opened to you. (10) For everyone who asks receives; everyone who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
(11) “Tell me, which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? (12) Or if he asks you for an egg, will give him a scorpion? (13) So then if earthly fathers—who have evil in their hearts—give good gifts to their children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
Accusations Made Against Jesus
Luke 11:14-23 (Matthew 12:22-32; Mark 3:20-30)
(14) Jesus was casting out a demon that caused a man not to be able to speak. The man was able to speak when the demon went out. The people were amazed, (15) but some of them said, “Jesus casts out demons by Satan (Beelzebub), the ruler of demons.” (16) Other people tested Jesus by asking him to show them a miraculous sign from heaven. (17) But Jesus knew what they were thinking and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will fall in ruin, and a house divided against itself will fall. (18) If Satan’s kingdom is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? I tell you this because you say that I cast demons out of people by the power of Satan (Beelzebub). (19) Now if I cast out demons by Satan (Beelzebub), by whom do your followers cast them out? So then, they will be your judges. (20) But if I cast out demons by God’s power (the finger of God), then the kingdom of God has already come upon you.
(21) “When a strong man with weapons is guarding his house, all he owns is safe. (22) But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the man put his trust, and divides up all that he stole.
(23) “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.”
The Parable of Demons Returning
Luke 11:24-26 (Matthew 12:43-45)
Jesus told this parable (story), (24) “When a demon comes out of a person, it goes through dry places seeking rest but finds none. Then it says, ‘I will go back to the house I left.’ (25) When the demon arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. (26) Then the demon goes and brings back seven demons more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And so the final condition of that person is worse than he was at first.”
Doing the Word of God
(27) As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd of people yelled out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.” (28) Jesus said to her, “No, blessed are those who hear God’s word and obey it.”
The Sign of Jonah
Luke 11:29-32 (Matthew 12:38-42)
(29) As the crowd of people got bigger, Jesus said, “This is a wicked generation in Israel because it seeks a miraculous sign (miracle), but the only sign I will give it is the sign of the prophet Jonah. (30) For as Jonah was a sign to the people of Nineveh so also will the Son of Man (see Daniel 7:13-14) be a sign to this generation of Israel. (Nineveh was an ancient Assyrian city of upper Mesopotamia, on the eastern bank of the Tigris River. Today it is the city of Mosul, in northern Kurdish Iraq).
(31) “The queen of the South (the queen of Sheba, in modern Yemen; see 1 Kings 10:1-29) will stand up at God’s judgment with the people of this generation in Israel and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom; and now someone greater than Solomon is here!
(32) “The people of Nineveh will stand up at God’s judgment and condemn this generation of Israel, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and now someone greater than Jonah is here!”
A Body Full of Light
Luke 11:33-36 (Matthew 5:15; 6:22-23)
Jesus said, (33) “No one lights a lamp and puts it under a bowl, or in a place where it is hidden. Instead they put a lamp on its stand, so that everyone coming into the house will see the light.
(34) “Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eyes are evil, your body also is full of darkness. (35) Therefore, watch carefully that the light within you is not darkness. (36) Therefore, if your whole body is full of light—having no darkness—it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.”
Jesus Condemns the Jewish Religious Leaders
Luke 11:37-54 (Matthew 23:1-36; Mark 12:38-40; Luke 20:45-47)
(37) When Jesus had finished speaking, a Pharisee invited him to eat with him; so Jesus went into his house and sat at the table.
(38) But the Pharisee was surprised when he saw that Jesus did not wash his hands before eating. (39) Then Jesus said to him, “Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but your hearts are full of greed and wickedness. (40) You are religious fools! Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also? (41) But now as to what is in your heart—be generous to the poor, and everything will be clean for you.
(42) “How terrible for you Pharisees! For you give God a tenth (tithe) of your mint, rue, and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should give your offering to God without neglecting the justice and love of God.
(43) “How terrible for you Pharisees! For you love the most important seats in the synagogues and to be greeted with honor in the public market.
(44) “How terrible for you Pharisees! You are like unmarked graves, which people do not see and walk over without knowing it.”
(45) Then one of the experts of the law of Moses said to Jesus, “Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us also.” (46) Jesus said to him, “And you experts of the law of Moses, how terrible for you! For you load people down with heavy burdens that they struggle to carry, and you will not lift a finger to help them.
(47) “How terrible for you! For you build tombs for the prophets, and it was your ancestors who killed them. (48) So you testify that you approve of what your ancestors did; they killed the prophets, and you build their tombs. (49) Because of this, God in his wisdom said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some they will persecute and others they will kill.’ (50) Therefore this generation of Israel will be held guilty for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the beginning of the world, (51) from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you the truth: This generation of Israel will be guilty for it all.
(52) “How terrible for you experts in the law of Moses! For you have taken away the key to knowledge. You have not entered, and you hinder others from entering.”
(53) When Jesus went outside, the Pharisees and teachers of the law of Moses began to viciously oppose him and bombard him with hostile questions, (54) because they wanted to condemn him for something he might say.