Pray with confidence – Part 1
Within the unparalleled teaching of Christ in the Sermon on the Mount, our Lord now reveals the great privilege of praying. For many believers, this is a much-neglected privilege. If Abraham, Moses, Elijah or Daniel were here today, if they were to have the great and precious promises, which we have, their power and impact would have been indescribable. We have great victories and possibilities before us and they are ours if we ask.
Every area of our lives can have a divine impartation. Our spiritual and moral lives can be transformed and renewed. All our needs can be supernaturally supplied. All our situations and circumstances can be changed for the better. We can be holier, healthier and happier. We can be free from oppression and be victorious over all temptations. We can receive and experience abundant grace and strength to be all that the Lord has purposed for our lives, if only we would ask in prayer.
The Lord has already assured us that “your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask Him” (Matthew 6:8). Let us learn to ask Him; let us reverse the Persian decree and make a decree within ourselves not to ask a petition of men but of God, making our requests known unto Him (Daniel 6:6-10; Philippians 4:6). Practise asking God for your needs and expecting an answer, until praying in faith becomes a habit.
All believers have been given “exceeding great and precious promises.” “All things that pertain unto life and godliness” have been given unto us (2 Peter 1:3,4; Romans 8:32). All we need to do is “ask” in prayer. The Lord has put great emphasis on asking. The word “ask” appears in every verse of Matthew 7:7-11. “Ask, and it shall be given you” (verse 7). “For every one that asketh receiveth” (verse 8). “If his son ask bread” (verse 9). “Or if he ask a fish” (verse 10). “How much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?” (Verse 11). Moreover, the first letters of the words, Ask, Seek, Knock form the word ASK. Many of us lack physically and spiritually because we do not ask God in prayer, as we ought to. “Ye have not because ye ask not” (James 4:2).
Here, our Lord teaches on prayer as a privilege as well as a precept. It will be strange for a son to always ask strangers to supply his needs and never ask the Father. It is dishonouring to God, if His children are always asking people to meet their needs and never asking God Himself. The Lord commands us to ask. Ask God first, ask Him always, ask Him trustingly, ask Him expectantly, ask Him as an obedient son asks a faithful Father and He will answer unfailingly. “Ask, and it shall be given you.”
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