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