(a message in notational form)
The Knock at the Door, and the cleaning product saleswoman
Ask, Seek, Knock: The Problem
Un-answered Prayer (blaming God, blaming ourselves/others)
Un-prayed Prayer (no faith)
For Jesus, un-prayed prayer was a much bigger issue than un-answered prayer. The saleswoman . . .
The Beggar on the Street
A judgment: “He probably makes more than me”
The Beggar in the household, children obsessing
My reaction: NO!!
Ask, Seek, Knock: The Promise
“Those that would be rich in grace must betake themselves to the poor trade of begging, and they shall find it a thriving trade” (Matthew Henry, cited in Bruner, 342).
For us, this kind of asking is rude, “troublesome and disgusting”, but with God, “not to come asking eagerly is displeasing” (Bruner/Chrysostom, 344).
I was ready to be sought by those who did not ask for me; I was ready to be found by those who did not seek me. I said, “I am here, I am here,” to a nation that did not call on my name (Isaiah 65:1, Bruner 346).
Story: Slugs for Sisters
You who are EVIL
Give GOOD things – any good thing in Scripture, God’s will
“The secret of prayer is not the disciples ‘much’; it is the Father’s ‘much more’” (Bruner, 343).
Frederick Dale Bruner, 2004 (1987), Matthew: A Commentary, Volume 1:The Christbook, Matthew 1-12, revised and expanded edition, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.