Summary: Prayer is not just something we do as Christians, but it's a way of life.
7 “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. 8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
9 “You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? 10 Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! 11 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.
Jesus is teaching about the privilege we have to converse with our heavenly Father.
Prayer is how communicate with God as we humbly and sincerely seek His face.
Jesus admonishes us to be faithful and persistent in making our requests known to God.
If we neglect to pray, we deprive ourselves of a divine blessings God wants to give us.
We can go to God in faith knowing He hears us our prayers.
In His model prayer, Jesus gives us the ACTS of prayer.
The ACTS of Prayer:
Adoration & Praise – Prayer allows us to worship and praise the Lord.
Confession – Prayer allows us to confess our sins, which leads into genuine repentance.
Thankfulness – Prayer can be a simple time of expressing humble gratitude to the giver of Life.
Supplication & Intercession – Prayer grants the opportunity to present our requests to God.
When we have faith, prayer opens the door to God – We must choose disbelief over belief.
No human power including governments can stop it, nor can any enemies in the spiritual realm.
Here's what the great Charles Spurgeon had to say the power of prayer, “Prayer is an open door which none can shut. Devils may surround you on all sides, but the way upward is always open, and as long as that road is unobstructed, you will not fall into the enemy’s hand.”
God is always ready to listen and He leaves the line of communication constantly open.
Jesus taught us about prayer was the ultimate example of living a faithful life of prayer
Jesus prayed regularly – The Gospels are full of references of times spent in prayer by Jesus.
He knew the importance of staying in constant communication with His Heavenly Father.
-Jesus prayed alone – It’s very important for us to understand the need to pray in solitude.
Mark 1:35 -“Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.”
Luke 5:16 “But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.”
We need to always find time in our day to spend alone with God in one on one conversation.
This point is illustrated so well in the lyrics of the old hymn, In the Garden:
I come to the garden alone while the dew is still on the roses;
And the voice I hear coming on my hear falling on my ear the Son of God discloses.
And He walks with me and He talks with me and He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known.