Encountering God Day by Day message series

ENCOUNTERING GOD DAY BY DAY

Part 2 – Prayer Matters
Matthew 7:7-11

November 6, 2022
Juan Carlos Heredia, Pastor of Spanish Ministry – SCBC

 

Do our prayers really matter?

 Our prayer life is the best reflection of our view of prayer.

 Common misconceptions about prayer:

  • If everything is determined, then prayer is just a charade.
  • When we name and claim anything, God will magically concede our desires.
  • Pray only for the big stuff, and take care of all the other stuff.

Your prayers matter to God because you matter to Him.

 The evidence that prayer matters to God is Jesus’ invitation for us to pray.

  • Matthew 7:7-11 Ask, and it will be given to you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 9 Who among you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him.

 Prayer requires us to be persistent.

  • 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. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
  • Luke 11:8 I tell you, even though he won’t get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his friend’s shameless boldness, he will get up and give him as much as he needs.
  • Answered prayer requires asking.

Our freedom to ask doesn’t overrule God’s prerogative to answer.

 God delights when we ask Him because it’s part of our relationship with Him.

  • Matthew 7:9-11 Who among you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him.

We trust God with what is best, even when it doesn’t make sense.

  • 2 Corinthians 12:8-9 Concerning this, I pleaded with the Lord three times that it would leave me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me.

If prayer matters, then:

  • Make prayer your first recourse instead of your last resource.
  • Nothing is too big or small for you to give to God in prayer.
  • The only prayers God will not answer are your unoffered.