Author: Rev. Dr. Sunday T. Eke-Okoro, Dr.Med.Sc., M.Div.   Date: 03/18/2014

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8).

Care must be taken to point out the importance of prayers in our Christian discipleship. Prayer, which is having communion with God, is the only well-known way of talking to God. It is when we pray that we show that we are children of God. Early in the morning Jesus went to a lonely place and prayed (Mark 1:35). “Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles.” (Luke 6:12-13, Matthew 14:23). It is significant that Jesus had to spend a whole night praying, before he chose his apostles. Christ is God and everything belongs to him. That he was always praying shows that prayer is not only to receive from God, but also to be in fellowship with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

A man had brought a demon-possessed boy to the disciples of Jesus, but they were unable to cast out the demons and heal the sickness. Jesus told them that they had to pray and fast in order to achieve healing (Matthew 17:21). Jesus was not happy with his disciples in this case, because they did not know what to do. Jesus called them a stubborn faithless people because he had been with them for a long time, yet they did not know what to do in such a situation. Prayer involves asking, seeking and knocking. “Pray day and night, continually. Take no rest, all you who pray to the Lord. Give the Lord no rest until he answers you.” (Isaiah 62:6-7). Jesus said, “Ask and it will be given you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8). God said, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3). When you pray and the Lord answers, do not take the glory, but give it to Jesus.

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19).

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