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Mar 17, 2014

Scripture References: Matthew 7:7-11; Luke 18:1-8; James 4:2-3


Nothing Too Difficult . . .


“Ah, Lord God!  It is You who have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm!  Nothing is too hard for you.”  Jeremiah 32:17


“The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, ‘Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh, Is anything too hard for Me?’”  Jeremiah 32:26-27


Without prayer we render ourselves ineffective, because apart from prayer we are merely human in our efforts.


Just Ask . . . (Matthew 7:7-11)


·         Ask God humbly.

o   Because we are in need.

§  We are asking because we cannot provide this on our own.

§  We are seeking because we cannot find our way on our own.

§  We are knocking because only God can open doors.

·         Knocking always precedes entrance


·         Ask God sincerely.

o   Because there is no room for inauthenticity in prayer.

§  Our motives are not self-seeking, but God-pursuing.

§  Our motives are not self-promoting, but God-glorifying.


Where self is exalted, God is excluded


·         Ask God specifically.

o   Because we need to be aware of our specific need.

§  We are asking specifically because God cares about that which burdens us.

§  When we pray specifically, we see God answer specifically.


·         Ask God persistently.

o   Because we will not relent until God moves.

o   Because our persistence shows our deep trust in God.