by Stephen Whitney

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Ask and You will Receive (4 of 5)
Series: Prayer
Stephen Whitney
Matthew 7:7-11

Dr. Helen Roseveare, missionary to Zaire Africa, told a story about a mother who died after giving birth to a premature baby.

They tried to make an incubator to keep the baby alive, but the hot water bottle they had was broken so they couldn't keep the temperature in the incubator as hot as it needed to be to keep the baby warm enough.

During devotions that morning they asked the children to pray for the baby and for her little sister who was now an orphan. One of the girls responded, "Dear God, please send a hot water bottle today. Tomorrow will be too late because the baby will be dead.

And dear Lord, send a doll for the sister so she won't feel so lonely."

That afternoon a large package arrived from England. Eagerly,
the children watched as it was opened. Much to their surprise, under some of the clothing was a hot water bottle! Immediately the girl who had prayed so earnestly started to look deeper,
saying, "If God sent that, I'm sure He also sent a doll."

And she was right! Their heavenly father knew in advance that their needs would be and five months before he had led a ladies group to include both the hot water bottle and the doll in their package.

God wants us to ask for his help because he loves to give us what we need so that we learn to daily trust and depend upon him.

Jeremiah 33:3 God invited Jeremiah, Call to me and I will answer you and will tell you great and mighty things that you do not know.

Prayer is simply asking God for help instead of someone else.
It is recognizing I cannot provide for my own needs; I need God's almighty and unlimited power to provide for what I need.


1. Ask because you have a need which you cannot meet.
Jesus uses the word 5 times once in each verse (:8,9,10,11).

Matt. 8:2 A person who had leprosy asked if Jesus would heal him.

This man knew that he could no ...

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