This past weekend at Eastbrook, as we continued our series “Becoming Real” on the Sermon on the Mount, Pastor Ruth Carver took us into Matthew 7:7-11. This passage is so well known, but Ruth helped open it up for us in new and meaningful ways.
You can find the message video and outline below. You can also view the entire “Becoming Real” series here, as well as the devotional that accompanies the series here. Join us for weekend worship in-person or remotely via Eastbrook at Home.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you…” (Matthew 7:7)
Jesus tells his disciples (and the crowd) that real prayer is simply making requests of God – asking Him for things. (Matthew 7:7-8)
Jesus tells a parable to show what God’s heart is like. (Matthew 7:9-11)
- Earthly fathers are “evil” but still give their children good gifts when they ask.
- The Heavenly Father, even more, gives His children good gifts when they ask.
Why we sometimes don’t ask God for things:
- We think God has bigger issues to deal with than our problems.
- We don’t really think our prayers will make a difference.
- We don’t feel worthy to ask.
How do we practice this kind of real prayer?
- Real prayer is persistent.
- Real prayer is in the context of our relationship with the Father.
Ways to step forward in real prayer:
- Ask God for your daily bread.
- Pray for things in the moment that you care about.
- Pray about what you and God are partnering on together.
When God says “no”:
- Sometimes we’re actually asking for a stone or a snake – something bad for us.
- Sometimes God is building our character and reliance on Him.
- God sees the big picture and we do not.
This week dig deeper into Jesus’ teaching on real prayer in one or more of the following ways:
- Has there been a book about prayer that has been helpful to you? Share the title and gist of the book with your small group.
- Look up and read the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, the complete Serenity Prayer, or other prayers you have learned. How can praying “other people’s prayers” help us in our relationship with the Father?