Matthew Lesson 8 Day 3

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Matthew Lesson 8 Day 3

Matthew 7:7-12

6) Three stages of prayer

I never thought of this as stages, but as three types of prayer for different types of requests.

Ask—

We ask for specific, tangible needs or requests—something that we know when it’s answered—such as a job, a child, healing, a place to live, food, clothing, forgiveness, etc.

Seek—

We seek less tangible things. We are encouraged in other scriptures to seek the Lord while He may be found, seek first the kingdom of God, and seek wisdom.  We are admonished to do so diligently. I think of things we seek as something that is more of a journey than a destination. Something that unfolds gradually.

Knock—

Knock on doors that are closed to us. We need unwavering faith to get it open.

The Amplified reads “Keep on asking…Keep on seeking…Keep on knocking.

So maybe we ask, then we seek for wisdom and faith, then use wisdom and faith to get the door open?

Some see ask, seek and knock as three stages of intensity in prayer.

I ask God a lot of questions. I’m also seeking the answers. Not sure if I’ve knocked.

7a) Father God

“…how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?” This is a promise that after Jesus ascended to heaven, He would ask the Father to send the Holy Spirit. Those who ask to be baptized with the Holy Spirit will receive Him.

b)

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. . . He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:28, 32

8a) 

In 1 John 5:13–15, the author is addressing believers. He offers encouragement.  John 9:31 says…”Now we know that God hears not sinners: but if any man is a worshiper of God, and does his will, him he hears.”

b)

However, there are numerous testimonies of unbelievers—Even Hindus, Jews, Muslims, and atheists who prayed something like, “God, if you’re really out there show me, just show me…”

Those prayers are answered—often in an amazing way.

c)

If we want to receive good gifts from our Heavenly Father and from others, we should be generous, forgiving, merciful, and unselfish with others.


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