My dear friends, I hope by now you have discovered the wonder of Yahweh’s Words! It is indeed alive! Sometimes you can read a text, something you have read dozens of times before, and [WHAM-O] it suddenly it comes alive for you! Amazing! I can’t tell you how many times that has happened to me! Well, 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)
Isn’t that cool? The other day, after I read those verses, it seemed obvious that God wants us to ask for whatever is on our heart. If we are burdened over something, then, by golly, ask Him! Why do you think that is? Well, because I know Him some, I think it is because He delights in taking care of us. 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!
Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged;
Take it to the Lord in prayer
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. Now, I want you to notice the progression in intensity. It goes from a request to a search, and then to action! Our Prayers are much more than giving our Father our requests. It involves pursuing His will to guide our requests. It means “knocking on doors” by exploring different solutions and receiving His wisdom to help determine our Lord’s mind. Jesus promised that we will receive, we will find, and His Father will open the door. We have His guarantee that, and He will respond and that what He does will be good! That is simple to follow, isn’t it?
Absolutely! Prayer is simple! Our 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. I suggest that you ask the Lord to teach you more about biblical praying; but once you do, put what He shows you into practice, and then, wait in the 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 . . .
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