Jesus' Teaching on Prayer
11 1 It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place , after He had finished , one of His disciples said to Him, "Lord , teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples ." 2 And 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 also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation .' " 5 Then He said to them, "Suppose one of you has a friend , and goes to him at midnight and says to him, 'Friend , lend me three loaves ; 6 for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey , and I have nothing to set before him'; 7 and from inside he answers and says , 'Do not bother e me; the door has already been shut and my children and I are in bed ; I cannot e 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 , yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs . 9 "So I say to you, ask , and it will be given to you; seek , and you will find ; knock , and it will be opened to you. 10 "For everyone who asks , receives ; and he who seeks , finds ; and to him who knocks , it will be opened . 11 "Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish ; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish , will he? 12 "Or if he is asked for an egg , he will not give him a scorpion , will he? 13 " If you then , being evil , know how to give good gifts to your children , how much more will your heavenly e Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?"
A Divided House Cannot Stand
14 And He was casting out a demon , and it was mute ; when the demon had gone out, the mute man spoke ; and the crowds were amazed . 15 But some of them said , "He casts out demons by Beelzebul , the ruler of the demons ." 16 Others , to test Him, were demanding of Him a sign from heaven . 17 But He knew their thoughts and said to them, "Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste ; and a house divided against itself falls . 18 "If Satan also is divided against himself , how will his kingdom stand ? For you say that I cast out demons by Beelzebul . 19 "And if I by Beelzebul cast out demons , by whom do your sons cast them out? So e they will be your judges . 20 "But if I cast out demons by the finger of God , then the kingdom of God has come upon you. 21 "When a strong man, fully armed , guards his own house , his possessions are undisturbed e . 22 "But when someone stronger than he attacks him and overpowers him, he takes away from him all his armor on which he had relied and distributes his plunder . 23 " He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me, scatters .
The Return of the Unclean Spirit
24 " When the unclean spirit goes out of a man , it passes through waterless places seeking rest , and not finding any, it says , 'I will return to my house from which I came .' 25 "And when it comes , it finds it swept and put in order . 26 "Then it goes and takes along seven other spirits more evil than itself , and they go in and live there ; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first ."
27 While Jesus was saying these things , one of the women in the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, " Blessed is the womb that bore You and the breasts at which You nursed ." 28 But He said , "On the contrary e , blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it."