Daily Bible Reading (Friday, March 16th)


Luke 11 (ESV)


The Lord's Prayer

Now Jesus[a] was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” And he said to them, “When you pray, say:

“Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread,[b]
and forgive us our sins,
    for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.”

And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’? I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence[c] he will rise and give him whatever he needs. And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 11 What father among you, if his son asks for[d] a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; 12 or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

Jesus and Beelzebul

14 Now he was casting out a demon that was mute. When the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke, and the people marveled. 15 But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the prince of demons,” 16 while others, to test him, kept seeking from him a sign from heaven. 17 But he, knowing their thoughts, said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls. 18 And if Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul. 19 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. 20 But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. 21 When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe; 22 but when one stronger than he attacks him and overcomes him, he takes away his armor in which he trusted and divides his spoil. 23 Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

Return of an Unclean Spirit

24 “When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and finding none it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ 25 And when it comes, it finds the house swept and put in order. 26 Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there. And the last state of that person is worse than the first.”

True Blessedness

27 As he said these things, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!” 28 But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”

The Sign of Jonah

29 When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, “This generation is an evil generation. It seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. 30 For as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. 31 The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here. 32 The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.

The Light in You

33 “No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light. 34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness. 35 Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness.36 If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly bright, as when a lamp with its rays gives you light.”

Woes to the Pharisees and Lawyers

37 While Jesus[e] was speaking, a Pharisee asked him to dine with him, so he went in and reclined at table. 38 The Pharisee was astonished to see that he did not first wash before dinner. 39 And the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness.40 You fools! Did not he who made the outside make the inside also? 41 But give as alms those things that are within, and behold, everything is clean for you.

42 “But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and neglect justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. 43 Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the best seat in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces. 44 Woe to you! For you are like unmarked graves, and people walk over them without knowing it.”

45 One of the lawyers answered him, “Teacher, in saying these things you insult us also.” 46 And he said, “Woe to you lawyers also! For you load people with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers. 47 Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets whom your fathers killed. 48 So you are witnesses and you consent to the deeds of your fathers, for they killed them, and you build their tombs. 49 Therefore also the Wisdom of God said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute,’ 50 so that the blood of all the prophets, shed from the foundation of the world, may be charged against this generation, 51 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, it will be required of this generation. 52 Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter yourselves, and you hindered those who were entering.”

53 As he went away from there, the scribes and the Pharisees began to press him hard and to provoke him to speak about many things, 54 lying in wait for him, to catch him in something he might say.


  1. Luke 11:1 Greek he
  2. Luke 11:3 Or our bread for tomorrow
  3. Luke 11:8 Or persistence
  4. Luke 11:11 Some manuscripts insert bread, will give him a stone; or if he asks for
  5. Luke 11:37 Greek he


And the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness.40 You fools! Did not he who made the outside make the inside also? 41 But give as alms those things that are within, and behold, everything is clean for you.

I can be tempted when my inside is defiled by distraction, idolatries, anxieties and other sins; to attempt to maintain the outward appearance. When we realize that God sees both clearly, and when I recognize that He is not appeased by my shiny exterior shell, I am brought to confession. I pray that the Lord would help me and anyone else who fights the temptation to put on a good front, to rather focus on recieving Gods sufficient grace for the inward man. Even when he must be brought to the light, and exposed. My heart is not without stain, I'm thankful for a church and brothers who are willing to wrestle with each others inward man rather than aiming to merely clean up the outward man. I pray the Lord help us be integritable, bowls with no wax, men and women who reckon ourselves rightly and are willing to turn to God and brother in confession and for restoration.

The mournful and lowly walk is the one blessed. And God opposes the proud, I pray for grace to maintain a heart focus, and to always serve the Lord with right motivations.

27 As he said these things, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!” 28 But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”

I just spoke with two young men at my front door who were passing out Jehovah's Witness literature. They wanted to invite me to a memorial for Jesus Christ. I said, "Memorials are for the dead - Jesus is alive. He is fully God and fully man and there is no hope for you apart from Him." I explained the gospel and they refused to believe that Jesus is God and hell is a real place. They said they weren't here to force their beliefs on me, but I made it clear that the thought of them heading straight for eternal destruction was too much for me to bear so I had to tell them the truth even if they felt I was forcing my beliefs on them. They kept saying, "We will just have to agree to disagree..." I told them I just couldn't agree to that because I'm not okay with their rejection Christ. My heart is so heavy and I feel such anguish for the souls that so casually walked off my porch this afternoon.

I think I just got a taste of what drove Charles Spurgeon to say, “If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.”

Please pray for these two young men... both of them named Josiah.

Of all the things the disciples could have asked of Jesus, they ask him to teach them to pray. I wonder what they saw when they watched Jesus pray, what was it that prompted the question? Was it a simple humility, was it his posture, or was it a glorious intensity of fellowship with His Father? All these are peripheral, but may reveal a reverent posture of the heart in prayer. Lord, teach me to pray.
Thankful also for the exhortations of Jesus through the rest of this passage, many of them stirring up conviction to further surrender to Him.

(v.28) May I keep His Word.

Thankful that the Lord always has mercy and grace upon us. Through experience we have seen answered prayers but that is also because we have been trying to delight ourselves in the Lord. We ask and He answers. Words cannot express how wonderful and great He truly is.
-Lord teach me to pray correctly and with a repented heart

Lord, teach me to pray.

Like the previous chapter, this chapter is packed with truth and practical admonition. I continue to be amazed by what Jesus says about prayer. He reminds us that we, as earthly fathers give good gifts to our children, how much more will our heavenly Father give us good gifts if we only ask. What power we have available to us. I pray we will become a church more faithful in prayer...not just praying, but praying believing that God will do what he said.

"Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters." What a reminder that we must have a passionate love for Christ! He doesn't want a lukewarm love. Oh Lord, help my love for you to be obvious; so, that those around me may see my love for you and be drawn to you!

In Revelation 2:3-5, we are reminded of what ultimately matters for a church and also ourselves. The love of Christ! In our passage today vv. 33-36, we are taught what to do with our light. Holy God thank you for your son Jesus and his death on the cross. I praise you for the light within me and I ask in your name that I would not be ashamed of it but instead shine for your glory! I pray that Believers Fellowship would be a church full of Christians who love Christ over anything else.

I’m dumbfounded this morning at the awesomeness of Jesus and the truth of God’s word. Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God!

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