Hosea 1:2-10; Psalm 85; Colossians 2:6-15, (16-19); Luke 11:1-13.
Fathers and children may symbolize God’s disciplining and love, with prayers freeing the children from fears and want.
The prayer taught to the disciples, then, asks:
- that this family head be honored and esteemed at his true worth by all others (hallowed be his name),
- that his plan for everyone’s welfare may succeed (his kingdom come),
- that his children, who accompany him on his campaign (daily bread = daily rations), may have food as needed,
- that they be forgiven their misdemeanors, and
- that the trials they encounter not be excessive.
Furthermore, doors were made not only to keep people out, but for knocking on. Keep on knocking, is the wisdom here.
And in the business of giving, trust the giver, perhaps a fatherly type, to know what to give. It won’t be a snake instead of a fish. This theme suggests that WE may not know what we most need, but can trust the fatherly giver to provide it, allowing us to then recognize what our need truly is.