The Privilege of Prayer

The Word of God is alive. Sometimes you can read a text you have read several times before, and suddenly it comes alive for you. That happens to me often. Recently I was reading the 7th chapter of Matthew and verses 7-8 caught my eyes:

“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8).

After reading that it seemed obvious that God wants us to ask for whatever is on our heart. Why do you think that is? I’m guessing because I know him some, I think it’s because He delights to give. Wouldn’t you agree? But even more than that, He wants to fellowship with us. What joy can be ours every time we meet our heavenly Father through our prayers!

“Amen, Brother!”

No, no. I’m serious. The privilege of asking for our needs rests on our relationship with our Father—through His Son Jesus Christ. Only those who are part of God’s family can claim Him as their Father (John 14:6) and avail themselves of His pledge to answer prayer. He doesn’t make any commitment to unbelievers. The single exception is the sinner who asks for forgiveness and receives Christ as Savior and Lord—His prayer is always answered as promised. (Romans 10:9)

In the text I posted above, Jesus uses three verbs to describe prayer: ask, seek, and knock. Notice the progression in intensity from a request to a search, and then to action. Our Prayers are much more than giving God requests. It involves pursuing His will to guide our requests. It means “knocking on doors” by exploring different solutions and obtaining godly wisdom to help determine our Lord’s mind. Jesus promised that we will receive, we will find, and God will open the door. We have His guarantee that He will respond and that what He does will be good.

Prayer is simple! The problem is that sometimes we find it hard to practice. We try different methods but often feel dissatisfied and wonder if our prayers are having any effect. Ask the Lord to teach you more about biblical praying; put into practice what you learn, and wait in assurance for His answers!

Father, I admit I have made my communion with you to be so complicated and confusing. All I know for sure is that I love you. Above everything else I want to know the joy you bring, and the peace of mind you offer. Thank you, Father, thank you . . . sir, I love you . . .

Doulos Studies

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