Lent 2020 – Day Fifteen – Luke 11 v 1 – 28
Read Luke Chapter 11 verses 1 – 28.
“knock and the door will be opened to you.”
We read today the origin of the Lord’s prayer. Sometimes we find it difficult to pray, our minds are filled with so many things that we do not know where to start. Our words dry up and we cannot articulate our inner thoughts and needs.
Sometimes we just do not feel worthy enough to come before God with the things we want to pray for. Sometimes we just are not prepared to make the space in our lives to speak to God.
In all of those times we can return to these few short verses in Luke’s gospel. Thirty four words which we can all find time to speak.
We pray to God because he calls us to do so. We have a relationship with him and that relationship can only grow and develop if we talk and listen. A friendship would not get very far if we never met or never spoke when we were together. That is the way it is with our relationship with God we talk and we listen and in doing so we find that place where we can find peace.
On Sunday we looked at the “Light of the World” painting by Holman Hunt. This is one of my favourite paintings but not for the reasons we thought about on Sunday. In my case it is the lack of a handle on the side of the door Jesus stands on that speaks deeply to me. Jesus is always there, knocking but it is you and me who have to open that door. Then the weeds which grow on the outide of the door will be broken down and we will know that our sins have been forgiven and we will walk alongside the light of the world.
In our reading we see the other side of the door and it is us who knock. Asking Jesus to open the door for us. There is truth in that vision as well. What a wonderful day it was when the door was flung open or perhaps when we suddenly realised that the door was wide open and there was Jesus waiting to welcome us. Hallelujah!
Hymn: Songs of Fellowship – 175 “Light of the world, you stepped down into darkness”
“…to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (v 10 NIV)
Let us pray together.
Think of the words in order to understand context and meaning, Feel the meaning of the words with and in your heart,
Pray, using the words, for yourself or others. With only a name and without explaining the reasons or pre-defining any answers.
Listen for God’s voice in the quiet of your prayers.
Pray using your own prayers or one of those which have been prepared below.
Loving God we pray because you call us to pray may our words open doors between us that we will know the great love that you have for each of us. Amen
Lord you teach us how to pray and yet so often we fail to find time to spend with you. Forgive us for our frailty and lack of passion. Help us to return to those simple yet deep words from you. That when we pray we should 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. Amen
Lord I am so filled with your love, help me to realise that is my reality and help me to find ways to share your love with everyone I meet. Lord once I heard your knock on my door and I opened it and welcomed you into my life. Help me never to forget the wonder of that first meeting whether in a blaze of light or in a slow realisation that you had been beside me for some time and I had not noticed. Help me to be one of your disciples drawing others to the door which opens to your love. Lord you do the knocking but I have a part to play in helping the world hear and respond to that knock. Thank you for the part you ask me to play in your great act of salvation in the world you created. Amen