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By DOUG EDWARDS
Matthew 7:7-12 says: “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; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the law and the prophets.”
God wants us to come to him for our needs, so he calls us to prayer. Ask, seek and knock are all active imperatives that communicate praying with sincere and impassioned hearts. God always has our best in mind, and if our own parents know to give us what we need, how much more our will our loving Father give good things to those who come to him. George Mueller said it this way: “Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance. it is laying ahold of God’s willingness.”
As God answers our prayers, our response should be seen through our giving relationships with others. Because we want God to be generous with us, we should be generous as well.
How often do you pray? At the throne of grace is where the real action starts, and prayer leads us to a life honoring God and touching the hearts of others. Next week we will look at “Learning to Pray.”
Doug Edwards is pastor of First Baptist Church.
Perspectives is a regular column sponsored and written by members of the Ketchikan Ministerial Association.