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Getting the Most Out of 2019: Active Prayer
January 13, 2019

Getting the Most Out of 2019: Active Prayer

We continue our focus on prayer in the sermon series, Getting the Most Out of 2019. This week, we take a look at Active Praying. Our scripture is Luke 11:5-13 which contain these words of Jesus: “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.” How are we to understand these words? Everyone has had a prayer that was not answered as they would have liked. We have sought for things that we did not seem to find. We have knocked on doors which were not opened. As we look at these verses, we have to consider the examples that Jesus shares with us surrounding these words. We want God to respond to our prayer magically, not relationally. Jesus illustrates these words with relationships. When we engage in active prayer it connects us to the process of asking, seeking, and knocking to help us understand the mystery of prayer and grow in our relationship with God. As you read Luke 11:5-13, consider the prayers that were not answered, consider the things you did not find, consider the doors that were not opened, but also consider the gifts that God may have given you in the process of prayer! Luke 11:5-13: 5 Then Jesus said to them, "Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, 'Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; 6 a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.' 7 And suppose the one inside answers, 'Don't bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can't get up and give you anything.' 8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need. 9 "So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 11 "Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 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 the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!" (NIV)

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