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Matthew 7:7-11

The Sermon on the Mount

The Key to Answered Prayer

Life B-P Church Worship I & II, 10th December 2017

Text: Matthew 7:7-11

 

  • Many Christians have asked, “Why are my prayers not answered?”
  • There are three parts to the key to answered prayer.

 

  1. Resolve to Persist until God Answers (vv.7,8)
  • James 5:16; Colossians 4:12; Hebrews 4:16; Luke 11:5-8
  • Prayer is the work of the soul.

 

  1. Recognize What is Permissible for Us to Ask (vv.9,10)
  • Cf. James 4:3; 1 John 5:14,15
  • Seven guidelines:
  1. It cannot be something that God has commanded us not to do.
  2. It cannot be something that will lead ourselves or others to sin.
  3. If it helps us to obey God's commands, it is according to God’s will.
  4. If it glorifies God, it is according to God's will.
  5. If it brings people to Jesus Christ it is according to God's will.
  6. It is not against God's will to pray for help in the midst of trouble, when we are striving to live lives fully submitted to Him (cf. Luke 22:42).
  7. It is not against God's will to ask Him for blessings when we are striving to live lives that are fully submitted to Him.

 

  1. Rely on the Provision of Our Heavenly Father (v.11)
  • The point at issue is the parents’ willingness to give gifts that are good to their children even though they themselves are evil.
  • How much more will our heavenly Father give good gifts to us, His children.
  • Our best course of action: 
    Ask, seek and knock, and then leave the outcome entirely to God.
  • Although He may not give us what we asked for, it will always be better than what we had asked for.

 

Application: Make good use of this key to answered prayer!

 

Questions for Personal Reflection:

  1. What other possible causes of unanswered prayer are there? (cf. Psalm 66:18; Isaiah 1:15; 55:9; 59:1-2; Proverbs 21:13; 28:9; Luke 18:11-14; Romans 11:33)
  2. What are some spiritual needs that you should ask, seek and knock for?

Vision & Mission

 

To build a united church family that is committed to making disciples through Salvation, Sanctification and Service, to the glory of God.

Verse for the Week

January 21 & 28 - The Power of Prayer

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16