(From: LUKE #21 - 11:1-28)
F. 11:1-13 MODEL PRAYER WITH IMPORTUNITY
1. 11:1-4 MODEL PRAYER FOR DISCIPLES
a. 11:1 REQUEST OF A DISCIPLE
Kai eGEne-to, en to EInai auTON en TOpo tiNI pro-seuCHOme-non,
And it came to pass, as he :was praying in a certain place,
hos ePAUsa-to , EI-PEN tis ton ma-theTON auTOU pros auTON, KUri-e,
that as he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord,
teach us to pray, even as John also taught his :disciples.
b. 11:2a And he said to them, When you are praying, say, Father, Hallowed be your :name.
EIpen de auTOIS, HOtan proSEUches-the, LEge-te, PAter, ha-gi-asTHEtoto OnoMA sou.
c. 11:2b Your :kingdom come. elTHAtohe ba-siLEIa sou.
d. 11:3 Give us day by day our :daily :bread.
ton ARton heMON ton e-piOUsi-on DIdou heMIN to kath' heMEran.
e. 11:4a And forgive us our :sins; for we ourselves also forgive every one indebted to us.
kai Aphes  heMIN tas ha-marTIas heMON; kai gar auTOI aPHIo-men panTI oPHEIlon-ti  heMIN.
f. 11:4b And bring us not into temptation.
kai me ei-seNEGkes heMAS eis pei-rasMON .
2. 11:5-13 IMPORTUNITY IN PRAYER FOR HOLY SPIRIT
a. 11:5-7 HOW TO PRAY
Kai EIpen pros auTOUS, Tis ex huMON HExei PHIlon,
And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend,
kai poREUse-tai pros auTON me-so-`nukTIou, kai EIpe auTO, PHIle, CHRE-SON  moi treis ARtous;
and shall go unto him at midnight, and say to him, Friend, lend me three loaves;
e-peiDE PHIlos mou pa-reGEne-to  ex hoDOU PROS me, kai ouk Echo pa-raTHEso  auTO;
6 since a friend of mine is come unto me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him;
ka' 'KEInos Eso-then a-po-kriTHEIS EIpe, ME moi KOpous  PAre-che:
7and HE from within shall answer andsay, Do not trouble me:
Edehe THUra KEklei-stai , kai ta paiDIa mou met' eMOU eis ten KOIten eiSIN;
the door is already shut, and my little children are with me in :bed;
ou DUna-mai a-naSTAS DOU-NAI soi?
I cannot rise andgive you?
b. 11:8 THE FORCE OF IMPORTUNITY
LEgo huMIN, ei kai ou DOsei auTO a-naSTAS
I say unto you, Even if he will not rise andgive him
diA to EInai PHIlon auTOU, diA ge ten aNAIdi-an  auTOU e-gerTHEIS DOsei auTO HOson CHREzei.
because he :is his friend, yet because of his :importunity he will arise andgive him as many as he needs.
c. 11:9 IMPORTUNITY ENCOURAGED
ka' 'GOhuMIN LEgo, aiTEIte , kai doTHEse-tai huMIN;
And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you;
zeTEIte , kai heuREse-te ; KROUe-te , kai a-noiGEse-tai  huMIN.
seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.
d. 11:10 For every one that asks receives; and who seeks finds; and to him that knocks it is being opened.
pas gar ho aiTON lamBAnei ; kai ho zeTON heuRIskei ; kai to KROUon-ti aNOIge-tai .
e. 11:11 QUESTION
TIna de ex huMON ton paTEra aiTEsei ho huiOS ichTHUN,
And of which of you that isthe father shall the son ask a fish,
me anTI ichTHUos Ophin  auTO e-piDOsei?
and he for a fish give him a serpent?
f. 11:12 Or again shall ask an egg, will he give him a scorpion?
ekai aiTEsei oON , e-piDOsei auTOskorPIon ?
g. 11:13 WHY PRAY? BECAUSE OF REVELATION OF PARENTAL RELATIONSHIP
ei oun huMEIS, po-neROI huPARchon-tes, OIda-te DOma-ta a-gaTHA diDOnai tois TEKnois huMON,
If you therefore, being evil, know howto give good gifts to your :children,
POso MALlon ho paTER ho ex ou-raNOU DOsei PNEUma  HAgi-on  tois aiTOUsin auTON?
how much more shall the Father who isfrom heaven give theHoly Spirit to them that ask him?
G. 11:14-28 KINGDOM TEACHING LEADS US TO KEEP THE WORD
1. 11:14-26 THE KINGDOM OF JESUS ABOVE THAT OF SATAN
a. 11:14a And he was casting out a dumb demon.
Kai en ekBALlon daiMOni-on koPHON .
b. 11:14b And it came to pass, when the demon was gone out, the dumb spoke; and the crowds marveled.
eGEne-to de, tou dai-moNIou e-xelTHONtos, eLAle-sen ho koPHOS; kai eTHAUma-san  hoi OCHloi.
c. 11:15 But some of them said, By Beelzebul the prince of the demons he casts out the demons.
tiNES de ex auTON EIpan, En Be-el-zeBOUL  to ARchon-ti ton dai-moNIon ekBALlei ta daiMOni-a.
d. 11:16 And others, trying him, sought of him a sign from heaven.
HEte-roi de, peiRAzon-tes , seMEIon ex ou-raNOU eZEtoun par' auTOU.
e. 11:17 JESUS CORRECTS UNSPOKEN THOUGHTS
auTOS de, eiDOS auTON ta di-a-noEma-ta , EIpen auTOIS,
But HE, knowing their :thoughts, said to them,
PAsa ba-siLEIa eph' he-auTEN di-a-me-ris-THEIsa  e-reMOUtai ; kai OIkos ePI OIkon PIPtei.
Every kingdom divided against itself is made desolate; and a house dividedagainst a house falls.
f. 11:18 AN APPROPRIATE RESPONSE
ei de kai ho Sa-taNAS eph' he-auTON di-e-meRISthe, pos staTHEse-tai  he ba-siLEIa auTOU?
And if :Satan also is divided against himself, how shall his :kingdom stand?
HOti LEge-te en Be-el-zeBOUL ekBALlein me ta daiMOni-a.
because you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul.
g. 11:19 JESUS THROWS THEIR QUESTIONING ON THEIR SONS
ei de eGO en Be-el-zeBOUL ekBALlo ta daiMOni-a,
And if I by Beelzebul cast out :demons,
hoi huiOI huMON en TIni ekBALlou-sin? diA TOUto auTOI huMON kriTAI  Eson-tai.
by whom do your :sons cast out? therefore shall THEY be your judges.
h. 11:20 RELATION OF GOD'S KINGDOM AND DEMON DELIVERANCE
ei de en dakTUlo  TheOU eGO ekBALlo ta daiMOni-a,
But if I by God's finger cast out the demons,
Ara EPHtha-sen eph' huMAS he ba-siLEIa  tou TheOU.
then is the kingdom of :God come upon you.
i. 11:21-22 THE STRONG MAN ARMED
HOtan ho is-chuROS  ka-tho-plisMEnos  phuLASse  ten he-auTOU auLEN ,
When the strong fully armed guards his own :court,
en eiREne esTIN ta huPARchon-ta  auTOU: ePAN de is-chuROte-ros auTOU
his :goods are in peace: 22but when a stronger than he
a-pelTHON niKEse  auTON, ten pa-noPLIan  auTOU
shall come upon andovercome him, he takes from him
AIrei eph' he e-pePOIthei , kai ta SKUla  auTOU di-aDIdo-sin .
his whole armor in which he trusted, and divides his :spoils.
j. 11:23 Who is not with me is against me; and who gathers not with me scatters.
ho me on met' 'eMOU kat' 'eMOU estin; kai ho me suNAgon met' eMOU skorPIzei .
k. 11:24 STATE OF A DELIVERED DEMON
HOtan to aKAthar-ton  PNEUma eXELthe aPO tou anTHROpou,
The unclean spirit when he is gone out of the man,
diERche-tai di' 'aNUdron  TOpon, zeTOUN aNApau-sein ; kai me heuRIskon,
passes through waterless places, seeking rest; and finding none,
to-te LEgei, Hu-poSTREpso  eis ton OI-KON mou HOthen eXELthon.
then he says, I will turn back unto my :house from where I came out.
l. 11:25 And when he comes, he finds itempty, swept and garnished.
kai elTHON, heuRIskei schoLAzon-ta , se-sa-roMEnon kai ke-kos-meMEnon .
m. 11:26 A SOLEMN AND SERIOUS REVELATION
TOte poREUe-tai, kai pa-ra-lamBAnei HEte-ra PNEUma-ta
Then he goes, andtakes along seven other spirits
po-neROte-ra  he-auTOU hepTA; kai ei-selTHONta ka-toiKEI eKEI:
more evil than himself; and they enter in anddwell there:
kai GIne-tai ta EScha-ta tou anTHROpou eKEInou CHEIro-na  ton PROton.
and the last stateof that :man becomes worse than the first.
2. 11:27-28 BLESSEDNESS OF KEEPING WORD ABOVE HONORING MARY
a. 11:27 JESUS SETS UP A CONTRAST
E-GEne-to de, en to LEgein auTON TAUta, aPAraSA  tis phoNEN guNE ek tou OCHlou,
And it came to pass, as he said these things, a certain woman out of the crowd lifted up hervoice,
EIpen auTO, Ma-kaRIa  he koiLIa he baSTAsaSA  se, kai maSTOI  hous eTHEla-sas .
andsaid to him, Blessed the womb that bore you, and thebreasts which you did suck.
b. 11:28 But HE said, Yes rather, blessed who hear the word of :God, and keep it.
auTOS de EIpen, MeNOUN, maKAri-os hoi aKOUon-tes ton LOgon tou TheOU, kai phuLASson-tes .
NOTE: (2010-11-30) - 11:1-13 - For George Muller of Bristol - every opportunity to exposit the Scriptures, was to find something on prayer! Prayerwas a key occupation in the life of Jesus while on earth as the :Son of man - specially His last three years of ministry. Check any of the great saints of the Bible - OT or NT - and we will find examples of a life of prayer. In the Moody Colportage book “Answers to Prayer” by George Muller, the Preface has a brief outline of 6 points, how to always infallibly know the will of God prior to praying. I memorized this in 1944, and have found it works for me just as successfully as it did for Mr. Muller. In “Appendix B” of the same book, he has 5 points how to always Prevailin prayer, once the will of God is surely known.
Importunityis one of the 5 points in the second outline, and I use the example of Luke 11:5-13 for this, as well as Luke 18:1-8, and Daniel chapter 10. C.T. Studd is also an example of importunity- notto give up untilthe answer comes through. George Muller had 50,000 exact answers to prayer requests for the financial needs for 10,000 orphans. The equivalent for $8 million came in, without ever asking anyone for help except God alone! What a testimony. And for Studd - on his way to China as a missionary under the CIM, on ship-board he heard the fiery testimony of a Salvation Army lass. He said, “Lord, I want heras my wife!” God said, “You've got her.” Following the service, he excitedly shared with her this revelation. Her response: “Charlie Studd, if you were the last man on earth, I wouldn't marry you!” He went back to God, who said, “She's the one - keep drilling.”
When they arrived in Shanghai, he found his temporary base, but she went on to Peking. His first letter to her was, “12 reasons why you should marry me.” Her response: “13 reasons why I shouldn't.” They got up to 20 points in their exchange of letters. But he wouldn't give up. He believed in importunity. So he fasted for 2 weeks. Then God said, “Charlie, you can stop fasting. We've got through!” Her next letter was, “Okay Charlie - when do you want to get married?” They had 4 daughters, and later when Charlie went to Africa as a missionary, no mission board would send him - so his wife in England was his mission board for the next 20 years! They saw one another but 2 weeks in that interval before he died in Africa.
Churchill in his very elderly years gave the speech for the graduation class at Eton College, his old Alma Mater. It was extremely short - “Never, never, never, never, never give up!”- That's it! That's importunity. That is the illustration in all of the prayers of Jesus and George Muller. This is the message I use for myself. This is the challenge I leave for allof us. 66 years ago God challenged me with the Discovery of Ivan Panin on “His Bible Numerics.” I soon learned of Panin's disappointment that he would die in 1942 without seeing an Interlinear Greek NT from the two Bible Numeric New Testaments that he produced in 50 years. I believed God laid it on my heart to do this for God first, and Mr. Panin second. This month, I will complete this project, 66 years later. I'm currently on chapter 14 of the Gospel of Luke, the last of the 27 NT books I have been working on. Luke is
the last of the 27 NT books I am working on, and the 250thof the 260 chapters. It will be completed this 12thmonth of this year. Importunity. “Never, never, never, never, never give up!” J.A.W.