July 28, 2019 | Lectionary 17

Gospel | Luke 11:1-13

[Jesus] was praying in a certain place, and
after he had finished, one of his disciples
said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as
John taught his disciples.” He said to them,
“When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be
your name. Your kingdom come. Give us
each day our daily bread. And forgive us
our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone
indebted to us. And do not bring us to the
time of trial.” And he said to them,
“Suppose one of you has a friend, and you
go to him at midnight and say to him,
‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; for
a friend of mine has arrived, and I have
nothing to set before him.’ And he answers
from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door
has already been locked, and my children
are with me in bed; I cannot get up and
give you anything.’ I tell you, even though
he will not get up and give him anything
because he is his friend, at least because of
his persistence he will get up and give him
whatever he needs. “So I say to you, Ask,
and it will be given you; search, and you
will find; knock, and the door will be
opened for you. For everyone who asks
receives, and everyone who searches finds,
and for everyone who knocks, the door will
be opened. Is there anyone among you
who, if your child asks for a fish, will give a
snake instead of a fish? Or if the child asks
for an egg, will give a scorpion? 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!”