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How to Study the Bible

with Nicole Unice

Stories Jesus Told: Asking God for Good Things (Luke 11:5-13)

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“We do not become less needy and less dependent when we pray, we become more needy, more dependent, that is to say, more human.” - Eugene Peterson

God invites us into a relationship where we are more dependent on him, not less and less.

1. WHAT IT SAYS
One friend is needy and dependent on another. What makes the other friend finally get up? The persistent, shameless knocking.

2. WHAT’S THE BACKSTORY?
This whole passage comes right after Jesus teaches his disciples how to pray. “Give us this day our daily bread.” Now Jesus is telling a parable centered around one friend asking another friend for food.

3. WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
God wants to meet us in the human stuff of life. He wants to meet our real needs. Above all, he gives the Holy Spirit.

When we ask for good things, he will not give us bad things. The best thing he can give us is the Holy Spirit.

4. WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR ME?
Do we come to God more and more dependent? God is inviting us to become more and more dependent on him, not less. He is inviting us to become more aware of our need for him.

QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER THIS WEEK:

Have you found yourself no longer asking God for things in prayer? Have you stopped being shamelessly audacious? Are your dreams smaller and smaller? Are you less dependent and open to receiving from the Lord?

Perhaps God is knocking on the door of your heart to allow Him to give you good things. Be honest about your daily needs. And be confident that he meets those needs with a filling of the Holy Spirit.

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Check out Nicole’s book on this topic: Help! My Bible Is Alive: 30 Days of Learning to Love and Understand God’s Word - https://www.amazon.com/Help-My-Bible-Alive-Understand/dp/1641580216

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May 09, 2022
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Nicole Unice is a Bible teacher, author, and passionate communicator who delights in bringing God’s Word to life in a personal and relevant way. Her training as a counselor informs her work, as she emphasizes the importance of facing our own reality and embracing the transforming power of God’s grace. Nicole is ordained as a teaching elder in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Her latest book, “Help, My Bible is Alive” is a 30-day experience designed to help people experience God through the Bible.

Nicole has spent twenty years serving the local church, first in student ministry (where she’s never lost her love of a great group game) and then leading start-ups of all kinds, from leadership development to capital campaigns. She now teaches and consults with churches and ministries to strengthen their stories and cut through confusion to discover the next right steps for success.
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