Prayer 2021 - April 24 - Ask and You Shall Receive pt 2
Scripture For Today:
1 Kings 8:30
“Hear the supplication of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven, your dwelling place, and when you hear, forgive.”
Ask and You Shall Receive pt 2
One thing that we, as westerners, have a hard time with is interpreting the Bible into the culture and setting of the day in which the Bible was set. Jesus was talking in terms that the people of His day and time understood. He could use the parables such as the “wheat and the tares” and everyone understood what He was talking about.
The scripture we used yesterday from Matthew 7:7-11 is a very good example of how our educated minds have misinterpreted something that the average Jewish person, 2000 years ago, understood completely! Amen!
Let’s go over this scripture again. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 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?”
The Jewish people living in Jesus time (and even to this day) understand that when you pray to God, the minute you ASKED HIM something is the exact minute He answers your prayer. They understand that the very next thing out of your mouth should be to PRAISE HIM for the answered prayer!
Our western, “educated” minds, want to SEE the results first. Then praise God. But that is not Faith! We need to BELIEVE WE RECEIVE WHEN WE PRAY just like Mark 11 says. Amen.
The Jewish person understands that when a person knocks on the door, if he is known to the master of the house, he is immediately let inside. Back in the day, the master of the house would have servants. If you knocked on the door, a servant was sent to answer it. If you were known to the master, if you have come in and gone out before, you were IMMEDIATELY let inside. If you were a stranger, the servant would report who you were to the master and then be told whether to let you inside or not.
That is why Jesus said, “Knock and IT SHALL be opened unto you!” Why? Because you are KNOWN TO GOD if you are in right standing with Jesus Christ! Praise God! Are you getting this?
Oh, wait, it gets better!
When Jesus said, “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 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?” He summarized his teaching on “ask and you shall receive” with this very important example…
The part I want to draw your attention to is “HOW MUCH MORE!” Those three words are put there, by Jesus, for a reason.
What parent wants their kids to go without? What parent wants their kids to live like beggars their entire life? I mean, if poverty or lack is the blessing so many Christians seem to think it is (when they are offended because someone has more than they do or are believing God for more in their life) – then WHY NOT ask God to keep your kids poor, broke and homeless? Surely, that MUST be a blessing! Right? I mean, if being well off is such an evil thing, surely, not having anything at all must draw you closer to God and that means you are blessed!
And why believe for healing and good health for your kids. Let’s ask God to keep them sick and poor. Talk about being close to God! Is that what you want?
NO! What Jesus is saying is, “IF YOU, being evil, KNOW how to bless your kids…” Now – get this next part…watch it…read it…listen to me…
HOW MUCH MORE WILL GOD BLESS YOU!
If YOU know how to bless your kids – HOW MUCH MORE DOES GOD KNOW TO BLESS YOU?
The Bible is very clear that sickness, poverty and lack are cursed under the law. But we have been REDEEMED from the curse by JESUS! Praise God! It’s time we start to act like we are blessed. It’s time we start to say we are blessed! It’s time we start to confess we are blessed! AND IT IS TIME FOR US TO BE BLESSED!
ASK and IT (the blessing you are asking for) SHALL BE GIVEN TO YOU.
AND HOW MUCH MORE will God give TO YOU because HE IS your Heavenly Father who knows all things.
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