As we continue to discover the five purposes of our church:
- Worship God – purpose 1
- Fellowship with other church members – purpose 2
- Becoming Christlike – purpose 3
- Serve others – purpose 4
- Share our testimonies with others – purpose 5
we must know how to hear God’s voice, learn about God’s personality, His ways of thinking, and what makes God happy and unhappy. I’m talking here about this whole area of communication with God. It is crucial for us to know “how” to communicate with our Creator. Today I’m starting a series of messages call: “How To Receive From God.” The truth is, God is communicating with us 24/7, it’s just that we are not receiving what He is saying. That’s why I want us to focus on how to tune into God’s frequency.
The first question today is, “What do you do when your prayers seem unanswered?
In the Sermon on the Mount which covers Matthew chapters 5, 6 and 7, Jesus said this in chapter 7:7, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” This is an amazing promise, especially from the very Head of the Church. I’ve highlighted three key words: ask, seek, knock. Jesus says that if we do these three things He will certainly respond. He is God and cannot lie. (Numbers 23:19) So in the very next verse Jesus goes on to say, “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” Wow! He is making it very clear here that when we ask we will receive, when we seek we will find and when we knock the shut door will be opened. Simple? Yeah right! I can hear you say, “But I have done that and am still waiting for my answer.” Many of us have wondered if God is on holiday.
I don’t have enough room here to cover everything but for now I want you to know this truth: God is more willing to bless you than you can ever imagine. He is a very generous loving Father. (see verses 9-11) The problem lies on our end. I want to start teaching you today “how to receive from God.” You must know how to flick the switch on. Yes, your prayers can be answered. So listen carefully to today’s sermon for the answers to your unanswered prayers.