Today, I want to ask you to commit to constant prayer. Jesus offers us a wonderful promise about prayer, though it must be kept in context. Our Lord’s has been teaching about the actions and attitudes required of those who follow Him. and though some of His demands can seem really difficult, if not almost downright impossible. Take showing mercy, extending forgiveness, being authentic, knowing the real treasure, winning over worry. He looks at those in need, He looks at us, and offers a promise. Matthew 7:7~Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. (ESV) To help us truly understand this promise our Lord makes says in Matthew 7:8~For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. (ESV)

The first question I ask, I know you are a better believer than me, but I ask, who is everyone? It’s everyone who’s a disciple of Jesus Christ. In our Bible study time, the most important words we ought to analyze are the verbs. Some of you love acronyms Like BIBLE Basic Instructions Before Leaving ASAP: Always Say A Prayer, SWAG: Saved With Amazing Grace, or my favorite FAITH: Forwarding All Issues To Heaven. Pastor, I have a need and I am going to be forwarding on that need for you. Did you know I can tell what version of the Bible you read based on your acronym? Take PRAY: Praise, Repent, Ask, Yield. This is an NIV reader, while my KJV readers prefer ACTS: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication. In verse 7, the verbs are: Ask, Seek, Knock=ASK. These verbs are all present tense, which denotes for us, the reader, continuous action. We never stop asking of God, now He really does sound like a father, right?. Dad can you, will you, please. I guess I am going to have to seek, no this is going to take some knocking. (Singing) So I’m knock, knock, knocking on Heaven’s door. If we want to follow Jesus successfully, we must keep on Asking, Seeking, and Knocking. 

However, discover a second application to this promise. Watch how the words progress in intensity. First, we ask, then we seek, followed by us knocking. This reveals our prayers are to be active, and not passive. If we’re praying for the Lord’s help, for a job, we should be actively seeking one, trusting that He will guide and provide. These verbs tell us to put feet to our prayers. and, of course, we must watch out for being a selfish believer. As we are reminded in James 4:3~When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. (NIV) When compared to God, even the best of parents are no match. Jesus says How much more will our holy, loving, all-powerful Father answer our legitimate requests! (Matthew 7:9-11) 

I want to remind each of us that according to 2 Corinthians 5:17~Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (NIV) We are made new in Jesus our Lord. So today, who needs some prayer? Get your list out, or make a new right now and then begin to pray for those needs. As you move throughout your day the Lord is going to bring one or two them back to you and I want you to do what Paul says in Philippians 1:3. As often as I think of you, I make mention of you in my prayers. Today, be like Jesus.

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