Summary: Ask your Father for whatever you need and He will supply your need!
The Prayer of a Child
Matthew 7 (quickview) : 7-11~ “Ask and it will be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, who if his son ask bread, will give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will give him a serpent? 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?”
Introduction: Medical research has established that those with the best chance of recovering from a major illness are those who have kept their heart strong through exercise.
Far too often the only praying that Christians practice is praying during tragedy.
The Personality of the Father
Definition: Evil - 1 a: the fact of suffering, misfortune, and wrongdoing b: a cosmic evil force 2: something that brings sorrow, distress, or calamity
Our character is fractured due to our fallen nature. Because of this we are a race of takers.
We should not mistake wholeness for perfection. If you think about wholeness means “giving more than you take.”
Acts 20 (quickview) : 35 ~ “I have shewed you all things, how that so laboring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Most of the time we are not praying, we are trying to manipulate God.
The Nature of the Father
Jesus was telling His disciples that up until that point that they did not know what real joy was. So, He was telling them to ask and they would receive what they asked for and more, they would also receive full joy. I received a devotion the other day that said, “Happiness comes from happenings, but true joy comes only from knowing Christ.”