Pattern for Prayer

“So I say to you: 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.” (Lk.11:9,10)

Relationship

Jesus demonstrated the need for prayer all through His life and ministry. The disciples watched it and knew they need to do it too. They wanted to master the art of prayer and asked Jesus to teach them.

Prayer is an art to some, a ritual to many, a magic wand to a few and a way of life to others. Jesus corrects them and tells them it ought to be the expression of their relationship with their Father in heaven. No one teaches a child how to talk to his father. In prayer, the disciples of Jesus need to seek the glory of God’s name and the establishment of His kingdom. They need to depend on Him for their daily needs and for protection from the enemy. They also need to practise forgiveness as they receive it from their Father.

Persistence

We need to unashamedly keep asking what we need very badly. It tells God that we have no other option but He. This is when His name is honored and His kingdom established in our lives. God is obviously better than any human father or friend.

Progression

Ask what we need, and in our asking, keep honoring God’s name and seeking His will. Once we discover the will of God we will have the confidence to knock until the door opens. Keep asking, seeking and knocking until the door opens.

“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 the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Lk.11:13)

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