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Asking and Receiving (19 of 21)
Series: THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT
March 22, 2006
INTRODUCTION: In our lesson last week, we looked at the first six verses, which have to do with judging others. The Lord warned against passing judgment on someone else. The Pharisees were good at that--looking at the faults of others, while they, themselves, had greater faults. Jesus called them "hypocrites" (vv. 3-5).
Our lesson this evening has to do with "Asking and Receiving," praying to our heavenly Father and receiving the things we need. How important is prayer? It is very important. Prayer is the lifeline, it is the connection between us and our Heavenly Father.
POEM: Tennyson wrote...
There is a place where thou canst touch the eyes
Of blinded men to instant, perfect sight;
There is a place where thou canst say, "Arise"
To dying captives, bound in chains of night;
There is a place where thou canst reach the store
Of hoarded gold and free it for the Lord;
There is a place--upon some distant shore--
Where thou canst send the worker and the Word.
Where is that secret place--dost thou ask, "Where?"
O soul, it is the secret place of prayer! ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson
Let me give you two things:
I. Our Encouragement to Pray
II. Our Promise to Receive
I. OUR ENCOURAGEMENT TO PRAY
A. We are encouraged to ask (vs. 7a)
1. Now this sounds rather elementary, but sometimes people never pray--they never ask. And why is that?
a. They have prayed before but didn't receive an answer.
1) What did Jesus say? For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. Hebrews 10:36
b. They have prayed before but never exercised faith.
a. James 1:6-8, But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.  For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. ...
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