Matthew 7:7-11
An Invitation to Pray for Help

An invitation to pray for help (v7-8)

  • the invitation to ask, seek, and knock
  • the progression from asking, seeking, and knocking
  • the rewards of coming to God rightly and praying for help
  • the surety--it will come about
  • the manner in praying for help
    • be persistent - verbs are in present imperative tense - "keep on..."
    • be obedient (1 John 3:19-22)
    • be in the will of God (1 John 5:13-14)

God's giving is infinitely better (v9-11)

  • two rhetorical questions
  • "how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to htose who ask him!"

God's goodnes (Psalm 116:68, Nahum 1:7)

  • omnibenevolent
  • a continuous giver of good and perfect gifts (James 1:17)

What should we ask for?

  • help (Psalm 121:1-2)
  • open our eyes (Psalm 119:18)
  • victory over fear (Psalm 34:4)
  • protection & assurance (Psalm 3:1-4)