The Necessity of Prayer & Friendships

In Luke chapter 11, Jesus prays what is often called, “The Lord’s Prayer.” This prayer is a model prayer that Jesus used to teach his disciples how to pray. He then followed that model prayer with a parable about friendship. In this lesson, Brother Holloway explains how the parable is an extension of the prayer and what we should learn from both the prayer and the parable about how to approach our relationship with God through prayer, and how to approach our relationships with other people, specifically, our friends.

Luke 11:5-13 (ESV):  And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’? I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs. And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”