“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him! (Matthew 7:7-11 NASB)
The Key To Prayer: Persevering in Prayer
What is Persevering Prayer?
Ask–until you receive
Seek–until you find
Knock–until it is opened
This is intense heart wrenching pleading your case before God.
True prayer is to be often.
The answers to our prayers are assured. God is not reluctant to give. He did not wind up the earth like a spinning top only to sit back and watch it run down. God will not mock our requests.
The thing asked must be in God’s will. Must not be from selfish desires or motives.
True prayer acknowledges our dependence on God.
Ask = P A I (M) 2 P. [ Aiteite ] [root word= Aitew]
P = Present tense (continuous linear action). It is to keep on happening.
A = Active (Either I am doing the action (active) or I am receiving the action (passive). Voice (Middle)
I = Imperative (command)
P = (number)
Why Persevere in Prayer?
Prayer is unconditional:
Must ask – seek – knock
The word ask says there is a need or want
The word ask says there is someone who has plenty and who can give what we need or want.
The word seek says we need or want something of value
The word seek says we ourselves are responsible for finding what we need or want
The word knock says we are shut out and need or want entrance.
The word knock says there is someone on the other side who can open to us.
Everyone is heard
Every one who is a believer is heard and prayer answered.
God cares much more than an earthly father cares.
How does a person Persevere in Prayer?
He must come to God as his Father
Note: The Model Prayer, ” Our Father, who art in heaven…”
He must come asking for good things
Outline from POSB, Matthew 7:7-11
Until next time,