Why We Should Pray (24 of 26) by Jonathan McLeod

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Why We Should Pray (24 of 26)
Series: Kingdom Life
Matthew 7:7-11

‘‘Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you’’ (v. 7).


In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus twice addresses the topic of prayer. First, he teaches his disci-ples how to pray (6:5-15), and then he tells them why they should pray (7:7-11).

[Read Matthew 6:5-15; 7:7-11.]


Imagine being invited to meet your favourite celebrity. We wouldn’t ignore that invitation. Every child of God is invited to enter God’s presence through prayer, but we often ignore that invitation. ‘‘The greatest invitation in the world is extended to us, and incomprehensibly we regularly turn away to other things.’’


Jesus invites us to pray by telling us to ‘‘ask,’’ ‘‘seek,’’ and ‘‘knock.’’ In the original Greek, these three words are in the present tense, which means that Jesus is talking about habitual prayer (i.e., keep on asking, keep on seeking, and keep on knocking). Why should we pray?

God is our loving Father and will give us GOOD THINGS when we pray.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus repeatedly refers to God as our Father. For example, Jesus taught us to pray, ‘‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed by your name’’ (6:9). Generally, parents want to give good things to their children (like a father gives his son bread and fish, not a stone and a serpent, vv. 9-10). [Talk about how parents want to give their children good things for Christmas.] Jesus says, ‘‘If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!’’ (v. 11).


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