Jesus told a parable (story) about effective prayer by using the example of knocking on a door. What did he mean by this? (Matthew 7:7, 8 )
One day Jesus was teaching His followers and He brought up the subject of prayer and God’s willingness to answer prayer.
Ask the children…
How persistent did Jesus say we should in prayer? What example did Jesus use of persistence?
“‘Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.’” (Matthew 7:7)
If you had a friend who you knew was home and you were knocking on their door because you needed something, you would keep knocking until they came to the door. That is how Jesus looked at prayer.
How confident was Jesus that their prayers would be answered?
“‘For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.’” (Matthew 7:8 )
Jesus was confident that their prayers would be answered because He knew His Father and the character of His Father. If someone came to His Father with a request, He knew His Father would answer. That doesn’t mean that the answer will be yes; it might be ‘not yet’ or ‘no’ or ‘I have something better in mind’. But we will get an answer.
Ask your children if they have prayer that appears to be unanswered? Ask them how this passage encourages them to be persistent. Draw a picture of them knocking on a door and have them write their prayer request on it and across the top write “ANSWERED”. Remind them that this is an act of faith based upon Jesus’ promise about answered prayer.
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