One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples."
Jesus said to them, "When you pray, say this: "Father: May your holy name be honored; may your Kingdom come.
Give us day by day the food we need.
Forgive us our sins, for we forgive everyone who does us wrong. And do not bring us to hard testing.' "
And Jesus said to his disciples, "Suppose one of you should go to a friend's house at midnight and say, "Friend, let me borrow three loaves of bread.
A friend of mine who is on a trip has just come to my house, and I don't have any food for him!'
And suppose your friend should answer from inside, "Don't bother me! The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can't get up and give you anything.'
Well, what then? I tell you that even if he will not get up and give you the bread because you are his friend, yet he will get up and give you everything you need because you are not ashamed to keep on asking.
And so I say to you: Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.
For those who ask will receive, and those who seek will find, and the door will be opened to anyone who knocks.
Would any of you who are fathers give your son a snake when he asks for fish?
Or would you give him a scorpion when he asks for an egg?
As bad as you are, you know how to give good things to your children. How much more, then, will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"
Jesus was driving out a demon that could not talk; and when the demon went out, the man began to talk. The crowds were amazed,
but some of the people said, "It is Beelzebul, the chief of the demons, who gives him the power to drive them out." 1
Others wanted to trap Jesus, so they asked him to perform a miracle to show that God approved of him. 2
But Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he said to them, "Any country that divides itself into groups which fight each other will not last very long; a family divided against itself falls apart.
So if Satan's kingdom has groups fighting each other, how can it last? You say that I drive out demons because Beelzebul gives me the power to do so.
If this is how I drive them out, how do your followers drive them out? Your own followers prove that you are wrong!
No, it is rather by means of God's power that I drive out demons, and this proves that the Kingdom of God has already come to you.
"When a strong man, with all his weapons ready, guards his own house, all his belongings are safe.
But when a stronger man attacks him and defeats him, he carries away all the weapons the owner was depending on and divides up what he stole.
"Anyone who is not for me is really against me; anyone who does not help me gather is really scattering. 3
"When an evil spirit goes out of a person, it travels over dry country looking for a place to rest. If it can't find one, it says to itself, "I will go back to my house.'
So it goes back and finds the house clean and all fixed up.
Then it goes out and brings seven other spirits even worse than itself, and they come and live there. So when it is all over, that person is in worse shape than at the beginning."
When Jesus had said this, a woman spoke up from the crowd and said to him, "How happy is the woman who bore you and nursed you!"
But Jesus answered, "Rather, how happy are those who hear the word of God and obey it!"