Keep on Praying
Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. “You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him. Matthew 7:7-11
Our text is part of the Sermon on the Mount. Our Lord Jesus Christ used three verbs to describe what prayer was. God wants those who belong to His Kingdom to talk to Him in prayer. Though He already knows what is in our hearts yet He still wants us to express them to Him. He is not just your friend that will respond to your needs but He is also after having a fellowship with you. We are privileged to talk to Him in prayer because that is what is involved in having a relationship with God. It should be a source of joy to be in constant fellowship with God. When you belong to the family of God you will know your way to your Father and can avail of the answers He will provide when you come to Him in prayer. He did not only promise salvation to those who call on Him for forgiveness but also He will respond and they will not be disappointed. “As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced” (Romans 10:11). When we pray to God, our desire is to seek after His will. We are after in finding out His purpose for our lives so we will know the way He wants us to take. So when we are dealing with circumstances in life, we are in search of having godly counsel. And God promises that we will receive what we are longing after. If we have the capacity to provide good things to others in spite of our sinfulness, how much more God who is perfect could do beyond we are able to ask or imagine? Talking to the One who cares for us should not be difficult, yet we do not spend time with Him in prayer regularly. Growing in a relationship involves communication. The disciples when they realize the value of talking to the Father in prayer, they ask the Lord Jesus Christ to teach them how to pray. “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples” (Luke 11:1). When you pray, come to Him with the assurance that He is there to respond. “Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18).