Answer to Prayers


Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which one of you would hand his son a stone when he asks for a loaf of bread, or a snake when he asks for a fish? If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask Him. Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the law and the prophets.    Matt. 7:7-11   

If we do not come to our Father and ask, how will anything be given to us? Can we find what we do not seek? Do we stand in front of the door, with no intention to knock? These are all active, participatory ingredients in our prayer life, just as in our faith life.

We must be confident of our Fathers love and care for us as His children, knowing that the good things He gives us are just what we need, right when we need them.

Earlier in the study on the Lord’s prayer we observed that, after Jesus had given the prayer to the disciples, He follows it with a warning. That if we don’t forgive others, we won’t be forgiven by our Father. He seems to be using that same formula here: Do to others whatever you would have them do to you, our treatment of others is such an integral part of our spirituality. Our relationship with God often reflects our relationship with others. If we treat others with respect and love, we usually love and respect God. If we disrespect, or treat in unlovely fashion our brothers and sisters, that’s usually the way we treat God. I would say that this is why Jesus keeps bringing it up, it’s just that important! I’ll leave us with this thought from 1 John 4:20-21:

If anyone says “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God who he has not seen. This is the commandment we have from Him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.  

This is His command, it is not an option.

Amen.

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