BSF Matthew Lesson 8 Day 3

6.  a. Three stages of prayer…I never thought of this as stages, but as three types of prayer for different types of requests.

Ask—It seems to me, we ask for specific, tangible needs or requests—something that we know when it’s answered—such as a job, a child, a healing, a place to live, food, clothing, forgiveness, etc.

Seek—We seek for less tangible things. We are encouraged in other scriptures to seek the Lord while He may be found, seek first the kingdom of God, and seek wisdom.  We are admonished to do so diligently. I think of things we seek as something that is more of a journey than a destination. Something that unfolds gradually.

Knock—We knock on doors that are closed to us. We need unwavering faith to get it open.

The Amplified reads “Keep on asking…Keep on seeking…Keep on knocking.

So maybe we ask, then we seek for wisdom and faith, then use wisdom and faith to get the door open? I’m interested to see what the notes will say about this.

b.  I ask God a lot of questions. I’m also seeking for the answers. Not sure if I’ve knocked.

7.  “…how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?” This is a promise that after Jesus ascended to heaven, He would ask the Father to send the Holy Spirit. Those who ask to be baptized with the Holy Spirit will receive Him.

8.   In 1 John 5:13–15, the author is addressing believers. He is offering encouragement.  John 9:31 says…”Now we know that God hears not sinners: but if any man be a worshiper of God, and does his will, him he hears.”

b.  However, there are numerous testimonies of unbelievers—Hindus, Jews, Muslims, and atheists who prayed something like, “God, if you’re really out there show me, just show me…”

 Those prayers are answered—often in an amazing way.

c.  If we want to receive good gifts from our Heavenly Father and from others, we should be generous, forgiving, merciful, and unselfish with others.