Read Luke 11:1-4. This is a briefer version of the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples in Matthew 6:9-13. Read both versions and list the differences. List the similarities. What do you notice? How important is this to your understanding of Jesus’ “prayer instruction?”
Now read the rest of the parable: vv 4-13. The whole point of this prayer/parable is to make us see how intensely personal prayer is meant to be! What, specifically, in Luke 11:1-13 makes it seem personal or intimate? Now, go back and list the verbs in both the prayer and the parable. Use more than one translation, if you can. What do you notice about the verbs?