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God promises to hear and respond to the prayers of his people, when they pray in the name of his Son and according to his will.

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Matthew 7:7–11 NKJV
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!

Prayer

Matthew 7:7–12 NKJV
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

Prayer

Most gracious Heavenly father, I thank you for your many blessings. I thank you for your word. Father I thank you for your Son Jesus Christ. Father anything that is within me that is not of you, father I pray that you take it from me now. Father I don’t take it lightly that you have chosen me to use as your vessel at this appointed time. Lord God may your people be strengthened by this message and may you receive all the glory. Let your people hear all of you and none of me. Hide me behind your cross Lord. Have your way now in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.

Introduction

Continual prayer is the secret to accomplishment: asking, seeking, and knocking. The goal is not a fixed time of prayer but rather a lifestyle in which prayer becomes like the air we breathe. The promise is absolute. Even if the instructions previously given seem impossible to follow, God will give believers the ability to follow them when we abide in Him (). Answered prayer is guaranteed because these prayers are based upon the relationship of the disciples of Jesus with God, who responds to them as Father. Their prayers may not be answered as specifically requested because they do not have the Father’s perspective on what is ultimately best.
God promises to hear and respond to the prayers of his people, when we pray in the name of his Son and according to his will.
Today I will be speaking briefly from the topic “God’s Promises Concerning Prayer”.

Points of Application

Thomas Nelson, I. (1995). The Woman’s Study Bible (). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Points of Application

God expects his people to make requests of him in prayer.
Matthew 7:7–11 NKJV
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
As followers of Jesus, we are commanded to ask for what we need.
When God’s people pursue something—by asking, seeking, knocking—God responds in faithfulness and generosity.

When God’s people pursue something—by asking, seeking, knocking—He responds in faithfulness and generosity. This verse emphasizes the need for an authentic relationship with God.

Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Matthew 21:22 NKJV
And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
Matthew 21:22 NKJV
And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

God is still the one who allows for this action to take place

God is the one who answers prayers

The qualifiers about asking in prayer and with faith restrict the requests that God will grant. He will not give the disciples their every whim and desire; He will grant those things that align with His will and plan for the kingdom.

The qualifiers about asking in prayer and with faith restrict the requests that God will grant.
God will not give us our every whim and desire; God will grant the things that align with His will and plan for the kingdom.

The qualifiers about asking in prayer and with faith restrict the requests that God will grant. He will not give the disciples their every whim and desire; He will grant those things that align with His will and plan for the kingdom.

God promises to answer prayer in the name of Jesus Christ.
God promises to answer prayer in the name of Jesus Christ.
John 14:13–14 NKJV
And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
We must give God the credit in advance for answering the prayer. It is not about us even if God is using us as a vessel to answer the prayer.
John 11:41–42 NKJV
Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.”
John 15:16 NKJV
You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.
John 16:23–24 NKJV
“And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
God promises to respond to the prayers of his people in times of need
Psalm 91:14–16 NKJV
“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.”
Every believer is heard, and every prayer is answered.
God hears everyone who asks, seeks and knocks.
Psalm 50:14–15 NKJV
Offer to God thanksgiving, And pay your vows to the Most High. Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”
God promises to hear the prayers of the oppressed
God promises to hear the prayers of the oppressed
Psalm 10:17 NKJV
Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear,
See also ; ; ;
Exodus 22:22–23 NKJV
“You shall not afflict any widow or fatherless child. If you afflict them in any way, and they cry at all to Me, I will surely hear their cry;
Exodus 22:26–27 NKJV
If you ever take your neighbor’s garment as a pledge, you shall return it to him before the sun goes down. For that is his only covering, it is his garment for his skin. What will he sleep in? And it will be that when he cries to Me, I will hear, for I am gracious.
Psalm 102:19–20 NKJV
For He looked down from the height of His sanctuary; From heaven the Lord viewed the earth, To hear the groaning of the prisoner, To release those appointed to death,
Isaiah 41:17 NKJV
“The poor and needy seek water, but there is none, Their tongues fail for thirst. I, the Lord, will hear them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.
God promises to hear the prayers of the truly penitent
2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV
if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
See also ; ;
Ezekiel 36:37 NKJV
‘Thus says the Lord God: “I will also let the house of Israel inquire of Me to do this for them: I will increase their men like a flock.
Zechariah 10:6 NKJV
“I will strengthen the house of Judah, And I will save the house of Joseph. I will bring them back, Because I have mercy on them. They shall be as though I had not cast them aside; For I am the Lord their God, And I will hear them.
Zechariah 13:8–9 NKJV
And it shall come to pass in all the land,” Says the Lord, That two-thirds in it shall be cut off and die, But one-third shall be left in it: I will bring the one-third through the fire, Will refine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, And I will answer them. I will say, ‘This is My people’; And each one will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’ ”
God promises to hear the prayers of his obedient people
1 John 3:22 NKJV
And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.
The need in prayer to have confidence in God’s promises
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Mark 11:24 NKJV
Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
1 John 5:14 NKJV
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.

Conclusion

Matthew 18:19 NKJV
“Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.
You say: “It is impossible” - God says: “All things are possible” ()
God says: “All things are possible” ()
You say: “I’m too tired” - God says: “I will give you rest.” ()
God says: “I will give you rest.” ()
God says: “I will give you rest.” ()
You say: “Nobody really loves me” - God says: “I love you” ( & )
God says: “I love you” ( & )
You say: “I can’t go on” - God says: “My grace is sufficient” ( & )
God says: “My grace is sufficient” ( & ) You say: “I can’t figure things out” God says: “I will direct your steps” () You say: “I can’t do it” God says: “You can do all things” () You say: “I’m not able” God says: “I am able” () You say: “It’s not worth it” God says: “It will be worth it” () You say: “I can’t forgive myself” God says: “I FORGIVE” ( & ) You say: “I can’t manage” God says: “I will supply all your needs” () You say: “I’m afraid” God says: “I have not given you a spirit of fear” () You say: “I’m always worried and frustrated” God says: “Cast your cares on me” () You say: “I don’t have enough faith” God says: “I’ve given everyone a measure of faith” () You say: “I’m not smart enough” God says: “I give you wisdom” () You say “I feel all alone” God says: “ I will never leave you or forsake you” ()
You say: “I can’t figure things out” - God says: “I will direct your steps” ()
You say: “I can’t do it” - God says: “You can do all things” ()
You say: “I’m not able” - God says: “I am able” (I)
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You say: “It’s not worth it” - God says: “It will be worth it” ()
You say: “I can’t forgive myself” - God says: “I FORGIVE” ( & )
You say: “I can’t manage” - God says: “I will supply all your needs” ()
You say: “I’m afraid” - God says: “I have not given you a spirit of fear” ()
You say: “I’m always worried and frustrated” - God says: “Cast your cares on me” ()
You say: “I don’t have enough faith” - God says: “I’ve given everyone a measure of faith” ()
You say: “I don’t have enough faith” - God says: “I’ve given everyone a measure of faith” () You say: “I’m not smart enough” God says: “I give you wisdom” () You say “I feel all alone” God says: “ I will never leave you or forsake you” ()
You say: “I’m afraid” God says: “I have not given you a spirit of fear” () You say: “I’m always worried and frustrated” God says: “Cast your cares on me” () You say: “I don’t have enough faith” God says: “I’ve given everyone a measure of faith” () You say: “I’m not smart enough” God says: “I give you wisdom” () You say “I feel all alone” God says: “ I will never leave you or forsake you” ()
God says: “I will supply all your needs” You say: “I’m afraid” God says: “I have not given you a spirit of fear” () You say: “I’m always worried and frustrated” God says: “Cast your cares on me” () You say: “I don’t have enough faith” God says: “I’ve given everyone a measure of faith” () You say: “I’m not smart enough” God says: “I give you wisdom” () You say “I feel all alone” God says: “ I will never leave you or forsake you” ()
You say: “I’m not smart enough” - God says: “I give you wisdom” ()
You say “I feel all alone” - God says: “ I will never leave you or forsake you” ()
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