Communication: Relationship’s Core

“You fathers—if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead? Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.” (Luke 11:11-12 NLT)

Can you imagine a relationship, any relationship, in your life where talking does not take place? In fact, so many relationships we have with each other break down over miscommunication. How you communicate is a core indicator on how healthy your relationship is.

As we’ve been reading through Luke, we see in Jesus’ life that communication with the Father (prayer) is core to His power and ministry. How much more should prayer be in our lives if it was so essential to Him? We, like the disciples, are invited into this close relationship with the Father through Jesus in this intimate communion of prayer.*

Here’s the progression of prayer through Luke up to today’s reading:

Jesus prayed as his ministry began (3:21-22). Then as large crowds began to gather because of his teaching and healing, he often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer (4:16). When it came time to choose twelve disciples from the group of followers he’d attracted, Jesus spent all night on a mountain praying (6:12). Jesus then shares something radical about his kingdom… pray for those who hurt you.

Luke again mentions Jesus leaving the crowds to pray alone, but this time he takes his disciples along with him (9:18). Later, Jesus takes Peter, John, and his brother, James, to a mountain to pray, and Jesus is revealed in his glory (9:28). Afterward Jesus encourages his disciples to “pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest to send more workers into the field” as they prepared to move out in ministry into the surrounding communities (10:2).

The disciples returned from their ministry with joy over the great things God was able to do through them. Jesus then prays with joy and thanks for God’s revelation to people who are childlike and not to those who consider themselves “wise and clever” (10:21).

In our reading today, Jesus, once again, prayed. As he concluded, his disciples asked him to teach them to pray and he gives them – and us – a pattern we can use for our daily prayer.  Then he goes on to teach them through a story using a friend’s and a father’s relationships to show “how much more” our incredible God gives us the Holy Spirit to those who ask (11:1-13).

Do you want God to do something amazing and powerful in your life? Do you want God to make lasting changes in the lives of those you love? In the community around us? Luke shows us that God’s power in our lives is born through relationship with God, realized through our time with him in prayer. God begins to reveal His work to us and we begin to trust His best for our lives.

Prayer is simply having a conversation with God. As you continue reading through Luke, join me by asking him to reveal himself to you as you read. Listen to the Holy Spirit speak to your heart as you read and share what God begins to teach you.

Ric

(*) For more about the communion of prayer and our invitation into this intimacy with God, then read: John 17:20-26.

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