Foundations For Prayer. Matthew 7:7-11

September 24th, 2018

Foundations for Prayer

Matthew 7:7-11

September 23, 2018

We are called to live above and beyond our own n________ a________ (Be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect!)

that option is only available to us as we s_________ to God and allow Him to live out His life in that person of our lives.

 

to capitalize on this wonderful promise, there are a couple of things that we will need to come to grips with....

 

  • First of all we must recognize our n_______....

    • the first two essential to salvation are first of all to realize our own need, and secondly to realize the riches of the G__________ that is in Christ.
    • When we recognize our need we “Ask”, We “Seek” and we “Knock”

“The most fatal thing in the Christian life is to be content with passing desires.  If we really want to be men of God, if we really want to know Him, and walk with Him, and experience those boundless blessings which He has to offer us, we must persist in asking Him for them day by day.  We have to feel this hunger and thirst after righteousness, and then we shall be filled.” Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

 

  • The second thing that we need to address is the fact that God is our F_________.

This concept is really c_________ to prayer itself....  It is an argument from the lesser to the greater.... that is; if an earthly father does so much, how much more will God do????

 

how does God become “my” Father?? 

 

John 1:11 -12 tells us, "He came unto his own, and his own received him not.  But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name:“

  • B___________ in Him, we r____________ a new nature and we become children of God.
  • He will also give us His Holy Spirit, ‘the Spirit of a______’ whereby we cry, ‘Abba, Father’(Rom 8:15)
  • It means that, as my Father, He is i________ in me, that He is c___________ about me, that He is watching over me, that He has a p_____ and p_______ with respect to me!! It is His desire to bless and benefit me!!!

 

"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." 

  • And this is based on His understanding that “If God be for us, who can stand against us????? (Rom 8:31)
  • Because He is your Father, He will never give you anything that is e_________.... He will only give you that which is g_________....
  • "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Rom 8:28
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