Sweet Hour of Prayer #7: Petition

Matthew 7:7-11

Tonight we continue in our study on prayer. We come to the one aspect that we are most familiar with...petition. Petition is that aspect of prayer given over to asking God for specific personal things. To seek an unselfish spiritual or material blessing is not unscriptural. We looked at the prayer of Jabez last Sunday evening. Jabez asked for God to bless him and God gave him his request.

We find this principle throughout the Scriptures. It is a rule of God. Consider this evenings text: Mt. 7:7-11. Jesus told us to "ask and it shall be given". When Jesus faced the blind man in Mark chapter 10 He asked, "What wilt thou that I should do unto thee?" Certainly the Lord knew the man was blind, but He wanted him to declare his need. Petition is not so much our opening heaven's door to release God's power as it is our opening hearts to receive what God is already anxious to give us. Jesus taught His disciples to pray, "Give us this day our daily bread". Tonight we want to consider some important keys to petitioning God.

I. Our Petitions Should Be Specific.

II. Our Petitions Should Be Complete.

III. Our Petitions Should Be Sincere.

IV. Our Petitions Should Be Simple.