Instruction about Prayer

11 It happened that while [a]Jesus was praying in a certain place, when He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John also taught his disciples.” And He said to them, (A)When you pray, say:

[b]Father, [c]hallowed be Your name.
[d]Your kingdom come.
Give us (B)each day our [e]daily bread.
And forgive us our sins,
For we ourselves also forgive everyone who (C)is indebted to us.
And do not lead us into temptation.’”

And He said to them, [f]Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, because a friend of mine has come to me from a journey and I have nothing to serve him’; and from inside he answers and says, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been shut and my children [g]and I are in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even if he will not get up and give him anything just because he is his friend, yet (D)because of his [h]shamelessness he will get up and give him as much as he needs.

“So I say to you, [i](E)ask, and it will be given to you; [j]seek, and you will find; [k]knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, it will be opened. 11 Now [l]which one of you fathers will his son ask for a [m]fish, and instead of a fish, he will give him a snake? 12 Or he will even ask for an egg, and his father will give him a scorpion? 13 So (F)if you, despite being [n]evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will [o]your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

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Footnotes

  1. Luke 11:1 Lit He
  2. Luke 11:2 Later mss add phrases from Matt 6:9-13 to make the two passages closely similar
  3. Luke 11:2 I.e., treated as sacred or holy
  4. Luke 11:2 Or May Your...come
  5. Luke 11:3 Or bread for the coming day; or needful bread
  6. Luke 11:5 Lit Which one of you will have...and will go
  7. Luke 11:7 Lit are with me
  8. Luke 11:8 Prob. by continued knocking
  9. Luke 11:9 Or keep asking
  10. Luke 11:9 Or keep seeking
  11. Luke 11:9 Or keep knocking
  12. Luke 11:11 Lit which of you, the father, will the son ask
  13. Luke 11:11 One early ms inserts loaf, he will not give him a stone, will he, or for a
  14. Luke 11:13 I.e., as sinful mankind
  15. Luke 11:13 Lit the Father from heaven