This is a simplified version of the Bible story found in Luke 11:1-4, written for children to understand. For the original version, please refer to the Bible passage.
Once, Jesus was praying in a special place, and when He finished, one of His disciples said, “Jesus, can you teach us how to pray like John taught his disciples?”
So Jesus said, “Sure, when you pray, you can say: ‘Father, your name is holy. Let your kingdom come. Give us our food for today. Forgive us when we do wrong, for we forgive people who do wrong to us. And don’t let us be tempted.'”
Then Jesus said, “Let me tell you a story. If you went to a friend’s house at midnight and asked for some bread because someone else came to visit you, do you think your friend would give you some? Even if he didn’t want to get up, he would still give you some because you asked.
And I’m telling you, if you ask for something, you will get it. If you look for something, you will find it. And if you knock on a door, it will be opened for you. Everyone who asks for something will get it, and everyone who looks for something will find it.
And if you’re a dad and your son asks for a fish, you wouldn’t give him a snake instead, would you? Or if he asks for an egg, you wouldn’t give him a scorpion, right? You guys are pretty good dads, but God is the best Dad ever.
If even though you’re not perfect, you still know how to give good presents to your children, how much more will God, our heavenly Father, give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!
- Jesus taught us how to pray, which means we can talk to God anytime we want.
- God loves us and wants to give us good things, especially His Holy Spirit.
- If we ask for something, we will get it. If we look for something, we will find it. If we knock on a door, it will be opened for us.
- We should forgive people who do wrong to us, just like God forgives us when we do wrong.
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