Sunday 15 July, 2018

Matthew 7:7-12

7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

This passage encourages believers to pray and specifically to ask for what they need from God.  It also talks about the nature of God, how he is a good Father and gives good gifts to his children. The passage concludes with an exhortation to believers to do to others as they’d like done to them i.e. treating others how you’d like to be treated.

This is an amazingly positive passage in that God’s word says ask and it will be given, seek and you will find and knock and the door will be opened. God will answer our prayers – no maybes, sometimes or conditions.  We can expect answers.  Perhaps not always the answers we had in mind but nonetheless answers from our Father in heaven who is good and can be trusted.  You can’t get away from the need to persevere with prayer either, to push through with words like ask, seek and knock.  All doing words or verbs.  Prayer is so much more than waiting for answers.  God wants us involved, to see us step out in faith.  As the passage suggests, first there is a request, then there is seeking or looking – what is God showing or telling us, and finally is there an opportunity?  God is right in the middle of the request, the looking and stepping out.  He is indeed a good Father!

Dear God, thank you that we can come to you in prayer.  You encourage us to do so.  Thank you that you are a God that hears and answers our prayers.  Amen

Written by Ps. Ainslie Woods

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