Grace Community Church

Ask, Seek, Knock

Given on March 13, 2022 by Brett Helvie
Scripture: Matthew 7:7-11

What has been your experience with prayer? How do unanswered prayers impact your relationship with God? How do you put together Jesus’ very optimistic sayings about prayer in Matthew (7:7, 18:19, 21:22) and your actual experience with prayer?
The tense of each of these verbs (ask, seek, knock) indicates that Jesus is looking for a continual practice of asking, seeking and knocking. Why do you think God values perseverance and persistence in our prayer life? See also Luke 11:6-8; 18:1-8
Why do you think Jesus uses a father-child relationship to illustrate how we should look at prayer? What aspects of that type of relationship are helpful to you as you think through some of the emotional and intellectual obstacles that we often experience when we pray?
What steps can you take to make “asking, seeking, and knocking” a more significant part of your walk with Jesus? If you don’t know where to start, you can begin by praying for wisdom to know how you should pray! A person prays, said Augustine, “that he himself may be constructed, not that God may be instructed.”