Summary: Let us be encourage to pray because God promise to answer our prayers.
Prayer is one of the reasons people turn away from God. When their prayers are not answered, they would doubt the existence of God. But prayer is also one of the reasons people turn to God. When their prayers are answered their faith in God is strengthened. Let us find out why?
A. GOD’S COMMAND.
Ask, seek, and knock are different words with the same intention (v. 7). These may deliberately be in an ascending scale of urgency. The verbs are present imperatives and indicate the persistence with which we should make our requests know to God.
Read James 4:2 (NIV) He knows that we are timid and shy, that we feel unworthy and unfit to present our needs to God. That is why Christ wants to lure us away from such timid thoughts, to remove our doubts, and to have us go ahead confidently and boldly.
B. GOD’S PROMISE. (v. 8)
Jesus reassured the person who asks, seeks, and knocks to receive, find, and will be opened to by God (v. 8). God never turn away a person empty-handed. Read Romans 8:32 (NIV)
God did not hesitate to give His own Son for us all. What greater evidence do we need to prove His generosity? Evidently, His Son is more important than anything else in this world. How will he not also graciously give us all?
Read Jeremiah 29:12–13 (NIV) The assurance was given to those who would seek God wholeheartedly. The process of asking, seeking, and knocking is a marked of persistency that reflect the wholehearted desire of the petitioner.
C. GOD’S GUARANTEE. (vv. 9-11)
Our Father in heaven knows how to give good gifts to those who ask him (vv. 9-10). Notice that Jesus here assumes, even asserts, the inherent sinfulness of human nature. But at the same time, sinners do not deny their children of good gifts. How much more is our heavenly Father? He is a lot better than us and there is no way that we defeat God in this endeavor.
Read James 1:17 (NIV)
How can we prevent the idea that we can just ask God what we want (extravagantly and maliciously) and He would answer them? We need to refer to other instructions on prayer and we’ll found God’s conditions.
D. GOD’S CONDITIONS
1. If you believe
Believe and not doubt. Doubters are not rewarded. God desires a stable and committed relationship. He wants people who will trust Him in spite of rather than because of. Believe that whatever God gives is good for us. Believe that God gives generously to all without finding fault. Believe that God is able.
2. Two of you agree
Read Matthew 18:19 (NIV) There must be agreement and unity among God’s people. Anything that builds the unity of His people in doing His work, he would grant it. God desires that we will work in unity. Agreement qualifies our prayer making sure that it is fair for everyone.
3. Ask in Christ’s name
Read John 14:13–14 (NIV). It is not by our righteousness and goodness that we could come to God with confidence. It is only by the grace and mercy of God through the Lord Jesus Christ that have access into God’s presence.