This week Bro. Leo continues us on a study of the Biblical principles of prayer with part 3 “ASK, SEEK and KNOCK!”
In Matt.7:7 Jesus gives us the progression of prayer, 1)Ask, 2) Seek, 3)Knock.
Ask= make your request be known to God (Phil.4:6)
Seek= search out God’s will for the request you have made (Jer.29:12-13, 11)
Knock= knock vigorously with certainty
We should start our request with what we think we need, but with an open mind knowing that God knows what our true need is or what “good things” are for us (Matt.7:11). This open mindedness will allow His Holy Spirit to reveal His will to us. Once He reveals to us our true need we will have the confidence to knock vigorously and with certainty knowing that what we are requesting is in His will.
Scriptures used in today’s study:
Mat 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
Mat 7:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Mat 7:9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
Mat 7:10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
Mat 7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
Php 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Jer 29:12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
Jer 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
Jer 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.