9th Sunday after Trinity – Sunday 24th July 2016 –Luke 11:1-13.
At the start of the ‘Trinity’ season, I’m asking about the different persons of the trinity knowing that they are indeed one God.
From this passage:
what have I learnt about God the Father?
what insights have I about God the Son?
what inspiration may I gain from God the Holy Spirit
1. what have I learnt about God the Father?
- We can call God ‘Father’ – whether this is a term of endearment or the patriarchal strict role it is still a human name. We know what a ‘Father’ is.
- We are encouraged to ask for: the earth to be a better place, our ‘bread’, our forgiveness and not to be in a ‘time of trial’. Our needs physical and spiritual.
- We can ask for the ‘Holy Spirit’ knowing this prayer will be answered with a ‘yes’.
2. what insights have I about God the Son?
- He too needs to spend time with God.
- Jesus is encouraging us to be persistent in our prayers.
- Jesus seems to be enjoying the repetition of the slogan about ask, seek and find.
3. what inspiration may I gain from God the Holy Spirit
- I wonder why we have to ask for the Holy Spirit and why it’s not a given.
- I wonder if the asking ‘teach us to pray’ is part of the searching.
- Searching requires persistence and I think knocking requires taking a risk. The Holy Spirit needs to energise us for both of these.