Is there any greater encouragement to pray than in the words of Luke 11:1-13? Here we find not only a pattern for prayer but also the huge encouragement of the Lord Jesus himself to: ask and you will receive, seek and you will find and knock and the door will be opened to you. This he repeats in a fuller form in case we did not get it the first time. So that’s 6 different ways he says it. He tells a parable (a story) to the same effect. He then illustrates it with an example from everyday life concluding the punch-line: ‘If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will you Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit (the best possible gift) to those who love him’. He could hardly have given greater encouragement to pray and to pray with confidence! As he puts it in Luke 18:1, ‘always pray and don’t give up’.

As you come to prayer, remember the powerful truths of Hebrews 4:14-16. You have a great high priest at the right hand of the Father, you come to the throne of grace (not judgment) where you may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Your high priest Jesus is completely able to sympathise with all your weaknesses because he has been tempted/tried in every way just as we are, yet without sin. There is nothing you can go through that he cannot understand and he stands ready to help you, to pour his saving and strengthening grace into your heart and life at your time of need!