privilege we have not studied, learnt or practised enough. Every believer and
every preacher would do more good in life if he knew what Christ taught in this
passage. It will do us a world of good to lay all excuses and speculative
theories on prayer aside and take the words of Christ at face value. Christ,
Himself, prayed and got supernatural answers like no other man before Him. And
His teaching on prayer is higher than any man’s concept on prayer as the
heavens are higher than the earth.
Our Lord and Saviour assures us of the
absolute certainty of answers to our prayers. He, the Son of God, is the
perfect Example for all the sons of God. He said, “Father, I thank Thee
that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me ALWAYS” (John
11:41,42). He prayed with absolute trust and peaceful confidence. His
expectation was based on His relationship with the Father. That is the true
basis for firm expectation in prayer – relationship with the heavenly Father.
Sinners cannot have absolute certainty of receiving the children’s bread (John
9:31; Psalm 7:11). The goodness of God is to lead sinners to repentance (Romans
2:4). “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet
sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). The first and
only prayer a sinner can pray with absolute assurance is prayer of repentance,
forgiveness and salvation in Christ. This makes him to be born again, truly
born into the family of God. Now, with Christ as his Saviour and God as his
Father, the promises of God to all members of His Family are also his. With the
proper relationship with God, we can ask and receive whatever the Father has
promised His own children.
Romans 2:11; 10:11,12; Psalms 32:6,7; 65:2; Isaiah 55:1-3; James 1:5.
sinful nature (Genesis 37:3; 25:28). Partiality, favouritism, preference,
injustice and unfairness will always cause problems whether they are found in
the human family or in the church family. God’s Word condemns partiality in
clear terms and it is not to be allowed any manifestation in our families or in
the Church (2 Chronicles 19:7; Proverbs 24:23; 28:21; James 2:1,9; Colossians
3:25; Ephesians 6:9). God’s perfection assures us of His impartiality (1 Peter
His children. “Every one that asketh receiveth.” God is more
faithful and infinitely more just than any man that ever lived. After giving us
a promise sometimes man in his earthly, sensual, devilish wisdom (James 3:15)
may find reasons and arguments not to keep those promises – God is infinitely
more righteous and impartial than man. Most parents, even non-Christian
parents, because of natural love and affection will provide necessities of life
for their children. “How MUCH MORE shall your Father which is in heaven
give good things to them that ask Him?”
Answers In Prayer
11:11,12; Proverbs 25:21,22; Job 4:17; Psalms 85:12,13; 145:9,19; John
16:23,24; Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalm 103:1-5; James 1:16,17.
theories are to excuse their unbelief so that they can give some comfort to
those who fail to receive expected answers to prayer. Some of these “comforters”
(Job 16:1-3) in an attempt to unravel the mysteries of life say that we may
pray for something and God may give us the exact opposite – evil instead of
good, sickness instead of health, poverty instead of wealth, defeat instead of
victory, sorrow instead of joy, setback instead of progress, weakness instead
of strength, oppression instead of deliverance, etc. Some Christians believe
such theories so much that they resign to their fate and say, ‘Thy will be
done’! They think they are resigning or submitting to the will of God when
in reality they might be yielding, giving themselves up to the will of Satan.
What would have happened if Jabez, Hannah, David (during the treachery and
treason of Absalom), Esther, Hezekiah, Jochebed (the mother of Moses) or Jonah
had believed such theory of prayer? Not only they themselves alone but their
nation and the world would have suffered a great loss. Our Lord asks a series
of questions with obvious answers. (1) “What man is there of you, whom if
his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?” (Matthew 7:9).
Will you? No. Are you better than God? (2) “Or if he ask a fish, will he
give him a serpent? ” (Matthew 7:10). Will you? No. Are you more
considerate than God? (3) “Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a
scorpion?” (Luke 11:12). Will you? No. Are you more loving and
compassionate than God? When you ask for something good from God, especially
when it is something He has promised in His Word, He will give what is good and
beneficial, not what is evil and injurious.
Psalm 103:11-13; Isaiah 49:15,16; 1:2-4,15-18; 30:8-10,15,18; Romans 8:14-17; 1
John 2:12-17; 3:8-10,19-22; Luke 15:11-32.
ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, How MUCH
MORE shall your Father which is in heaven give GOOD THINGS to them that ask
Him? ” (Matthew 7:11). “HOW MUCH MORE shall your heavenly Father
give THE HOLY SPIRIT to them that ask Him?” (Luke 11:13). “How
much more?” By how much is God more loving, more compassionate,
more benevolent, more faithful, more righteous, more gracious, more merciful
than man? Infinitely more! God loves His children infinitely more than any
human parent could possibly love his own offspring. No earthly parent would
want their children to be wanting or to lack good things (morally, materially,
spiritually) if he could prevent it. Earthly parents do their best to provide
everything necessary to keep their children healthy, prosperous and happy. Will
God do any less? Certainly not! God, in His infinite love, will do infinitely
more for us than earthly parents could ever do.