Sunday, July 16, 2017

Purposeful, Prevailing Prayer

Matthew 7:7-11
Prevailing prayer is victorious over life issues and circumstances.  It is persistent prayer that will not cease until an answer is confirmed.  The one who has received the message of the Sermon on the Mount is well aware of the demands of discipleship and our incapability of meeting them without heavenly assistance.  Here is a teaching to assist in prevailing prayer.
You cannot possibly overestimate the purpose and power of prayer in the life of a believer.
There is a great difference between “saying prayers” and “praying.”
Prayers can guide our praying but they are seldom capable of changing a life.  

I.  The Persistent Perseverance of Prevailing Prayer v.7 

Ask” implies asking for a conscious need.

Seek,” involves asking but adds action.

Knock” includes asking, acting and persevering

Each of these terms represents a somewhat different request:

1. We “ask” for what we wish.

2. We “seek” for what we miss.

3. We “knock” for access to some place or thing.

We are to passionately persist in prayer for that which we need to be used by God.

The Trilogy of Effective Prayer

  1. Ask Unceasingly
  2. Seek Persistently
  3. Knock Determinedly

II.   The Personal Promise of Prevailing Prayer v.8

Prayer does not change God’s purpose, create His desire to give or persuade Him to give; it opens the way for Him to give.

“Prayer can do everything that God can do, and as God can do anything then prayer is omnipotent.” R.A. Torrey

III.   The Parental Passion of the Provider of Prayer v.9-11.

how much more” - Jesus reasons from the “lesser to the greater” to demonstrate God’s unfailing care for his own children.
We do not always know what is best for us.

You will not be satisfied in prayer if you only feel God answers when you get what you wanted.

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