God’s Answering of Prayer
9 “So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. 10For every-one who asks receives, and everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 1 1Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for x a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish? 12 Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion?
13 If you then, who are evil, know how much to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
This paper will present an exegetical study of Matthew 7:7-11 and Luke 11:9-13, God’s Answering of Prayer. The genre and form that is being used within the passages will be established. Passages from both Luke as well as Matthew will be analyzed to provide a deeper understanding of their concise meanings. The message that was intended for the original audience will be revealed and the principle will be applied in the context of our world today.
“Ask”. The intent is to show that through the passages of Matthew 7:7 and Luke 9:9 that God is willing to provide for his faction everything one could desire on earth. All his followers have to do is to ‘Ask’ of Him (God). 7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you” (Mark 7:7). The passage shows God is promising to listen to our prayers. God has made a covenant to his true believers as well as to those that will come to know Him. God will not mock his followers and He will always listen. Followers of the Son of God will be assured that He is always available. God will answer in ‘His’ way. He will answer with perfect wisdom and perfect love. During Jesus’ teachings he proved that through faith and trust in His judgment he will provide a path for his true believers. Often, prayers may not be answered with the response one may expect, or in the time frame one wants. The phrase “Trust in the Lord” may be one of the hardest things humans (that lived in centuries past or in the present) have to surrender to. At first this may sound like worldly wisdom, however there are three pairs repeated twice that emphasize the need for unwearying prayer. In each Gospel there are, “Three human modes of petition are mentioned (asking, searching, knocking at a door), and each is promised a reward (gift, discovery, welcome). These are meant to express the kinds of simple petition the Christian disciple is to present to the Heavenly Father” (Luke X 914). “Trust in the Lord” is a well known explicative that is the core of religious belief. Humans seek to have order and control in their lives in addition predictable. Letting go and giving in to the wisdom of God is one of the hardest things mankind can aspire to achieve in their lifetime. Once this is accomplished asking becomes easy, searching turns into finding, and faith becomes comfort. Knocking will open the gates of Heaven.
10 For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks the door will be opened (Matt 7:8 and Luke 11:10). It is easy to abuse the spirit of God’s generosity. Most are so short sided that many will ask for material things instead of spiritual gifts. “It would be a shame to tone down one of the most sparkly and generous sets of promises anywhere in the Bible. Maybe it isn’t ‘selfish’ to ask for things. Maybe it’s just the natural thing that children are supposed to do with their parents” (Wright 72). Given these thoughts one may possibly offend God by not asking for his help. He may be sad or disappointed that people do not come to him for all their needs. God has an open door policy with his followers and is capable of hearing all prayers at once. No request is too great for Him to grant, prayer is a powerful instrument as well as one of His greatest gifts. Matthew and Luke both...