What Is Prayer?

Series: MasterClass | Week 9: Persistent Pursuit

Day One Matthew 7:7-8

7 “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” – Matthew 7:7-8 (NLT)

Learn From the Word
Jesus just taught His disciples how to pray in chapter 6, and He revisits the topic here – not with the word “pray,” but rather, “ask, seek, and knock.” Because of the relationship we have with our heavenly Father, Jesus tells us to approach Him, talk to Him, and make our requests known to Him. When we do, He answers! Asking turns into receiving, seeking produces finding, and knocking results in open doors. Making no attempt at all, however, yields nothing.

Put It Into Practice
Take a few minutes to revisit the plan of action for your prayer life that you developed a few weeks ago when we studied the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus reminds us in these verses to be persistent in approaching our Father. If you’ve faltered, it’s okay! Remember God’s grace covers everything. Approach Him now, and ask Him to help you see prayer for what it really is – a conversation with a Father who wants only what’s good for you. For more on this topic, listen to this message from Tim Mackie, co-creator of the Bible Project.

For Families with Kids at Home
Prayer isn’t just asking once for something you want and thinking that’s it. Prayer is coming back to God over and over, often about the same topic. Here we see Jesus encourage us to keep coming back to God. God doesn’t get annoyed when we keep coming back to Him. In fact, it’s the opposite – He loves it! Encourage your kids with the fact that we can always go to God in prayer, and He always wants to talk to us!