Working with the Grain
Topic: Engaging God's Character Passage: Matthew 7:7–7:11
Worship in the Word Rev. Ryan C. Manners
"Working with the Grain"
- As fallen human beings, we all have a tendency to live our lives against the grain of God’s nature, doing things that we weren’t created to do, creating splinters in our lives and the lives of those around us! (Genesis 3; Romans 5:12-14; 8:7-13)
- The world offers all kinds of suggestions about what it means to be ‘male’; with very little to offer on what it means to be a man, who has been created in the image of God! (Genesis 1:27; 1 Corinthians 15:58; 1 Peter 5:5; Galatians 1:10)
- The love of the Father seeks to restore us by transforming us into disciples who live with the grain of God’s ways and avoid further splinters! (Romans 5:1-21; 8:7-13; 37-39)
- To accomplish this, the Father sent the Son to reveal Himself as Father!
- Jesus came to show us the Father! (John 1:14, 18; Romans 8:7-13)
- Jesus came to become the way to the Father! (John 14:6)
- We reinforce the figure of Fatherhood most when we engage His character through the practice of prayer! (Matthew 6:8b-13; 31-33; 7:7-11; James 5:16-18)
- Asking, Seeking, and Knocking are imperative commands and require respectively different participation in the life of prayer! (Luke 11:9-10; 18:1-8; Matthew 7:7-11)
- Ask – Suggests humility in petition. (Philippians 4:6)
- Seek – Suggests responsible action oriented prayer! (James 2:18; Joshua 3:9-17)
- Knock – Suggests persistence & perseverance in prayer! (Luke 18:1-8)
- Disciplined prayer brings focus to our needs and opens our eyes to what God is already doing! (Luke 11:5-13; 1 John 3:21-22)
- Through persistent prayer, we come to realize when we’re actually asking for serpents, scorpions, or stones; while God desires to give us eggs! (Luke 11:5-13; Matthew 7:9-11)
- As a loving Father, God desires to give us “good” gifts through the process of persistent and continual prayer! (Luke 11:11-13; Matthew 7:9-11; James 1:17)
- Do you know the Father well enough to be ‘working with the grain’ of His character and nature? If not, you can begin right now!