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The Wonder of Prayer (2 of 4)
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
May 3, 1998
Now as we continue our study of the greatest sermon ever preached... join me for a few minutes in Matthew chapter 7.
As we come to verse 7 the Lord Jesus Christ gives us a staggering promise. In fact... it is a prayer promise! And that promise is found in verse 7 where Jesus says, "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock and it will be opened for you."
Now I can hear some of you thinking, "Yea, right. I've tried that! I asked and God didn't give it! In fact... God hasn't given me anything I've asked for."
Oh is that so? Let me tell you something about prayer. Prayer doesn't need proof... it needs practice! The tragedy of the modern church isn't unanswered prayer... it's unoffered prayer! And how we need to be more like those first disciples who came to Jesus saying in Luke 11.1, "Lord, teach us to pray."
I fear that many of us fail to pray because we want what we don't need and need what we don't want!! And this morning from God's Word... I want to show you how to get what you need. I want to show you how to receive God's very best!
Look if you will to Matthew 7 beginning in verse 7 as we think together on this subject:
"The Wonder of Prayer"
Now is the Lord Jesus Christ handing us a blank check saying, "You just fill in the amount?" Is he promising us anything we want? Of course not! What about the apostle Paul? He prayed for his thorn in the flesh to be removed and it wasn't removed. So... what is this promise all about? What is Jesus saying here?
Well... as we learn today about The Wonder of Prayer... the Lord Jesus Christ says to us in verse 7, "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you?"
Well... as Jesus talks about The Wonder of Prayer... He uses 3 present tense imperative verbs: Ask... Seek... Knock.
Jesus is issuing three c ...
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