Each week this year, I am challenging myself to memorize Scripture. I have chosen some of the more familiar Bible verses… and verses that are helpful to me and would be helpful to others. This week’s verse is Matthew 7:7.
In this verse, we have the “Theology of Kneeology”. We see 3 levels of intensity in prayer… and I will also share several hindrances to prayer.
3 LEVELS of INTENSITY in PRAYER
1. ASKING: Asking is “desiring/wanting”. You are not likely to have your requests granted without a desire. That is why our verse puts “asking” as a priority. It presupposes asking is a prerequisite for receiving.
2. SEEKING: According to the main text, anybody that seeks the Lord will always find him. So, we might ask: “What is the difference between asking and seeking?” Seeking goes deeper than asking. Seeking is exploratory in nature. It is like digging deep with a purpose of recovery. It is like asking that has a multiplier effect. Seeking adds diligence and determination to asking.
3. KNOCKING: Intensity increases out of need. The Syrophenician woman in Mark 7:25-30 falls in this category. Knocking describes a believer who adds determination, perseverance, ruggedness or what is called “radical faith” to asking or seeking.
8 HINDRANCES TO PRAYER
1. Unforgiveness: “And when you stand, praying, forgive.” (Mark 11:25)
2. Pride: “God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6)
3. Unbelief: “Without faith, it is impossible to please Him.” (Hebrews 11:6) If you can’t believe the Giver, how can you receive anything from him?
– Unbelief says, “I do not believe you can do it!” even to God.
– Unbelief is the language of the flesh, which will never glorify God.
4. Doubt: It is wavering faith. “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.” (James 1:6-8) Anything asked outside of faith is doubt.
5. Wrong Motives: “You ask and receive not, because you ask amiss.” (James 4:3) What is the motive of your desires from God?
6. Refusing the Word: “He that turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be an abomination.” (Proverbs 28:9)
7. Strained Relationships: “Husbands, dwell with them with knowledge, giving honor to your wife as unto a weaker vessel and being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers be not hindered.” (1Peter 3:7)
8. Unconfessed Sin: “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.” (Psalm 66:18)