What is Prayer? by Pastor Hans

Hans Bletterman is the Pastor of Pico Rivera Friends Church.

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Prayer is our most important link to God.  It is how we communicate our desires, our thoughts, and our feelings to the One who has placed our life in motion.  He is the architect of the universe, our Great Physician, our Wonderful Counselor, and the only wise God.

Today, whenever we have a question, we can go to google.com.  If we are ever lost we can consult our GPS.  But long before these great technologies, we have had an instant connection to the greatest source of power and wisdom the world has ever  known.  Prayer is that connection.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 7:7-11

7Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

9“Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

In this passage Jesus summarizes what prayer is in three action oriented words:  ask, seek and knock.

Ever since we were small children, we have learned that if we want something we would need to ask.  It amazes me how many people are scared to ask God for what we want or need.  We think that our needs are insignificant or we just don’t believe that God could grant our request or would grant our request.

Yet, as we look at verses 9-11 we see a picture of God as our Heavenly Father, One who enjoys seeing His children blessed.  He is not a miser or a scrooge.  We have full permission to ask.

After we ask, we should then seek.  Perhaps God will answer your prayer exactly how you ask, but more often than not it will be different.  Sometimes it seems like God isn’t listening… but that is when God encourages us to listen.  As we seek, we will be better able to understand God’s will and direction for our life.

Knocking is an important principle in prayer.  When we go to someone’s house and they do not have a doorbell, we knock on the door.  When we knock, we don’t usually hit the door just once.  No, we knock until we hear footsteps coming toward the door.  It is the same way with prayer.  Prayer is to be constant.  The Bible tells us to, “Pray without ceasing.”  The more we knock the more answers to prayer we will receive and the better we will get to know God.


Pastor Hans

Pico Rivera Friends Church

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