Luke 11:1-13 (NRSV)
1 He 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.’
2 He said to them, ‘When you pray, say: Father, hallowed
be your name. Your kingdom come.
3 Give us each day our daily bread.
4 And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone
indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial.’
5 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
6 for a friend
of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.”
7 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.”
8 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.
9 ‘So I
say to you, Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will
find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.
10 For everyone
who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone
who knocks, the door will be opened.
11 Is there anyone
among you who, if your child asks for a fish, will give a snake
instead of a fish?
12 Or if the child
asks for an egg, will give a scorpion?
13 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!’