“If you being evil know how to give good things to your children…”
The Need for persevering prayer
Why is it that so many Christians are not praying? Why is it that we do not resort frequently to God in prayer?
If you take this text in its context, we see that it comes just after two passages that dealt with worldliness, anxiety and judging others. Chapter 6 in the gospel of Matthew deals with our relationship to the Father and to the world. But chapter 7 of Matthew deals with the truth of God also as our Judge. Chapter 7 shows that God is not only the judge of unbelievers but also the judge of believers, but in a different sense. But taking all these dangers,we can say, in context, of worldliness, or anxiety, or judging others rashly, and condemning people in our hearts and you take chapter 5 of Matthew in consideration and Christ expounding to us the moral law, what should all these passages create in us?
One thing! You and I have a constant, desperate need for protection, preservation, forgiveness, and cleansing.
You know why so many Christians find it not necessary to pray?
They find it unnecessary because they don’t understand their own heart. In this passage Christ is talking to children of God, to Christians and he says, “if you being evil, know how to give good things to your children, how much more….” You see, we as children of God, have to wrestle and battle with our sinful nature all the time, with the world and with the evil powers. We are not exempt from temptation and accusations and guilty consciences and the power of sin. No, you and I, as children of God feel it day by day. It doesn’t go away.
You and I, if we want to follow Jesus, and walk in righteousnes will have many battles to fight. As John Piper the theologian said, “You don’t know what life is for, until you know that life is war.” The devil doesn’t rest, and your sinful nature doesn’t give you a reprieve. You and I have a battle to fight, a race to run and obstacles to overcome.
You won’t take hold of these promises unless you feel your desperate need for help, strength, assistance and the Holy Spirit’s presence. That is where we all start. You and I need to pray. The saints of old realized they needed to spend time alone with God. David, Daniel, Moses, Anna, Abraham, Jacob, Paul, even Jesus when he was on earth. And how is it that we don’t feel that contstant need?
I lift up my eyes to the hills, where shall my help come from? From the television? From Facebook? From YouTube? From the government?
No, no, no! My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!
We need his presence in our lives to cope with temptation
We need his wisdom to make right and wise decisions everyday
We need his protection to be safe from the evil one.
We need his guidance to lead us in the way forward
We need his mercy to forgive us our sin
We need Jesus’ blood to cleanse us from all our sins.
And we need so much more. We need to turn to the Lord in prayer frequently.
Friend, do you see your own need, do yo see the need of the global church? Do you see the need of other Christians?
If you do, you will be more constant in prayer. You will seek his fellowship more often. This is the primary thing. Seeing our need for God! Over and over again.