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THE POWER AND MIRACLE OF PRAYER

 

Part 17: The Intensity of Prayer, Ask And It Shall Be Given (Matthew 7: 7-12)

 

In the name of God Master, of the Universe, Ruler of the earth

 

Editors Note: John came leaning on God the Father as did Job. Prayer was all he had as every penny was spent and the things he wanted he only needed. Trials and tribulations as testimony places came and went. However he stayed put as he was firmly rooted and grounded in the Word.

 

 

Greetings Brethren,

 

Peace be unto you. To the Church and believing Christians everywhere. To those that believe in the Bible as the supreme authority that governs all of humankind. In this we give thanks to God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit that leads and guides us the straightway.

 

My beloved brethren the powerful messages regarding prayer continue to unfold. We bear witness that as you stay in the Spirit in prayer the Holy Spirit will minister to you. We are grateful for our daily revelations. We pray also that we will continue to heed the Holy Spirit as our desire is to do what God would have us to do. Thus we pray for strength and the patience and faith to do His will. Glory to God on High.

 

We come now to a powerful message recorded at Mathew 7: 7-12. We pray that you will ask the Lord and as you do you will receive a blessing. Although not when you may want it but Almighty God is always on time.  “Ask and it shall be given” is also found at Luke 11: 9-13.

 

Matthew 7: 7-12: “Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:”

(Also see Matthew 21:22; Mark 11: 24; Luke 11: 9-13; John 14: 13-14; I John 3: 21-22 and 5: 14-15).

At I John 6: 14 we find additional scripture that supports the reality of the favors of God and the conditions in which his favors are granted.  God’s favors are restricted to things that are a part of His will and Bible based. We also refer you to Matthew 6: 33. Meanwhile the act of knocking is a sign that notes that we wish to be admitted into the favor of God. Therefore we knock as believing Christians with faith as we embrace Christ Jesus moved by the Holy Spirit.  Follow us now to several scriptures that reveal what God says in His word about asking and receiving. We will begin with several passages in the Book of John.

 

John 15: 7 “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”

Brethren it is necessary to abide in the Word of God to receive His blessings. So once again we see that there are conditions regarding what we ask for in His name.  Jesus teaches about using His name in prayer at the 16th Division of John. Here we see another word that allows us to see our primary verse at Matthew 7: 7 even more so. Go there with us.

 

John 16: 23: “And in that day ye shall ask  me nothing, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it  you.”

As Jesus returns to the Father the Holy Spirit as promised is sent down for the saints. Thus we ask in His name when we petition the Father. However as always we must abide in His laws and not request things outside of His will.

 

8: “For everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth, and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”

It is written that God is not a respecter of persons (Acts 10: 343). This verse assures the fulfillment of the preceding verse. Therefore all that follow God’s laws regardless of station in life, race, color, ethnicity or any other factors are allowed God’s blessings if they embrace the love of God and Christ, self and their neighbors. (Also see Proverbs 8: 17 where we see that those that love wisdom will make on-going efforts to find it. The ultimate wisdom as we move and learn is in God for He is the center of Truth. Thus so said the Spiritual Scientist.

 

9: “Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?”

Beloved never would a humane and just father answer his sons request for bread with a stone.

 

10: “Of if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?”

This same humane father would also never replace a fish for a serpent.

 

11: “If ye then being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall our father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”

As we note the parallels and distinct differences in the Divine Father and the earthly father in the flesh. We see that those on earth even filled with sin would be humane in the treatment of their children in most circumstances. However in some instances they would not grant a request as it would not be in the child’s best interest. Therefore our Divine Father acts accordingly regarding our requests as to our need etc. He looks out after our welfare and is all knowing. Thus He knows if we need or just want something.  We also remind you that the word evil is used here as the opposite of God or in contrast.  (Also see Genesis 6: 5).

 

12: “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.”

This verse is noted as the Golden Rule and is also noted at Luke 6: 31. The facts and truth of this verse has been previously noted as we discussed our previous scripture verses 7-11.  God will not refuse to grant necessary favors to his children and so the sinful man will not refrain from granting favor to neighbors and family. When we identify a favor we should voluntary render the favor and we should expect the same from our neighbors. The law of the prophets once again reminds us about abiding in His laws. So if we love our neighbors as ourselves we will do right by them and expect the same thing in return. (Also see Romans 13: 8-10). Meanwhile we have a final scripture references taken from Galatians that will conclude our discussion at this place.

 

Galatians 5: 14: “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”

Here Paul teaches us about love of one another. Giving up the law the Judaizers feared would hamper their interactions with one another. However Paul teaches us that to give up the law as Christ made it null and void does not remove the principles of the law. The Gospels include all aspects of the law and they are seen in love. Thus the Gospels require us to love our neighbors as ourselves. This includes virtually every command noted in the Mosaic Law.

 

Cont. Part 18: We Must Pray Without Ceasing (I Thessalonians 5: 17)

 

Peace and Golden Paradise, Carl A. Patton a willing slave and servant of Almighty God and Christ Jesus writing for the FreedomJournal Press a God Fearing Free Press  14 August 2009 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.