A Parable of Prayer
- Most parable’s illustrate a single point or truth.
- We must be careful not to perceive unintended meaning from minor details.
- The point of this parable is that persistence in prayer pays off.
- If even an annoyed friend responds to persistence, how much more will a benevolent God respond?
- Jesus gives three commands: ask, seek, and knock.
- These are present imperatives (be always asking, be always seeking, be always knocking).
- We are continually to ask.
- This is active asking.
- You relentlessly pursue the Father through your prayers.
- We are continually to seek.
- You begin to looking for the answers.
- You prepare yourself to receive the answers.
- We are continually to knock.
- This means to persist.
- You never assume that the answer is no just because you haven’t received an answer yet.
- The Illustration.
- Jesus illustrates the heavenly Father’s willingness to give us good gifts by pointing our our desire to give our own children good gifts.
- The General Promise.
- The certainty: “if you . . . .”
- The extent: “how much more.”
- The source: “heavenly Father.”
- The content: “good gifts.”
- The Specific Promise.
- The Holy Spirit.
- The Spirit is foundational to fulfilling every other promise.