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Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Matthew 7:7

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I. HOW GOD GIVES.
A. "Call unto me."
B. "Ask and it shall be given."
1. People accustom to thinking our asking is the thing that influences God's giving.
C. How man gives.
1. Called on by right party.
a. Approached tactfully.
b. Told how he will benefit.
c. Persisted upon.
2. Waits only long enough to be certain of need and how much needed, then gives.
3. Looks for, places to give. Those with same sympathies as His.
a. Chino Mission.
b. Y.M.C.A.
c. Libraries.
D. Some think God gives as first man, others as second.
Neither illustrates God's giving.
Third comes closest.
1. Our world prodigal.
2. God anxious to win it back.
3. Necessary for man's free and glad consent.
E. "Call unto Me."
1. Acting doubly away from opposite and to God Calling point of sympathetic contact. (Where God's purposes and our purposes become the same).
II. DOES PRAYER INFLUENCE GOD?
A. Some say No.
B. Some say Yes.
C. Both right.
1. Not in all their theories.
2. But in General conclusion.
Yes - No.
3. It does not influence His purpose.
4. It does influence His action.
D. Every right thing I ever prayed for God has already purposed to do.
1. My prayers show my consent so He is free to do it.
(When we learn His purposes and make them our prayers opportunity to
act).
III. SUPPOSE I WANT SOMETHING VERY MUCH AND NEED.
A. I ask but don't receive he hesitates.
B. I am incessant God yields Loving God? Certainly.
C. Suppose God thinking about me all the time planning etc., wanting to give me things.
1. I do not yet realize my need.
2. Liable to abuse it.
3. Finally I realize my need and ask.
He is glad to see change in me and willingly gives.
"Your Father knows what things ye have need of before you ask."
Loving Father.
Say give you anything you want you choose.
Prayer cannot change His purpose for every right and good thing we need he had already planned to give.
PRAYER CHANGES ACTION
Sermon Notes for Matthew 7:6 ← Prior Section
Sermon Notes for Matthew 7:7 Next Section →
Sermon Notes for Malachi 1:2 ← Prior Book
Sermon Notes for Mark 1:40 Next Book →
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