How does one begin teaching a child to talk? After the usual ‘mama’ and ‘dada’ words come, the focus typically begins to revolve around the question: ”What do you want?”
Are you hungry?
Are you thirsty?
Do you want the ball?
As a parent we cannot wait for that time where our children can communicate with us what they want and need. It is not that we want to become the servant of our children and fulfill their every request. It’s that we love them and want to help them. We want to establish the fact that we are the ones in this world that they can depend on. As a father, I want my children to come to me first when they are in trouble or need help.
When Jesus taught his disciples about prayer, he said this in Matthew 7:7-8:
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
A major component of prayer is asking. It’s not the only thing, but it is a big one. Of the 20 instructive passages about prayer in the New Testament, 10 are about asking God for what you want and need.
Because this idea of asking comes to us so naturally, it is here where we are beginning our teaching series on Prayer: A Conversation with God.
To see the whole message from this past weekend, check out the following link: https://www.palmvalley.org/messages/conversations/
In the weeks ahead, look for additional posts that will unpack the prayer aspects of seeking and knocking from Matthew 7.