And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him . . . In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven . . . 31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:7-10, 31-33 NJKV
There is an inseparable connection between prayer, the kingdom of God, and righteousness. An answered prayer begins with the foreknowledge and omniscience of God and understanding who God is when you pray (Ex. 3:14; Heb. 11:6; Rev. 1:8; 4:8). In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus introduced God has our heavenly Father who knows what you need even before you ask. So, in prayer, why should you be anxious, confused, or in doubt because the need is already provided for. This is the power of prayer,
“Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mark 11:24). “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened” (Matt. 7:7-8). Because Father knows, you can ask with an attitude of gratitude. No need to ever beg; seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness (the character and quality of being right or justified by faith); and, knock with consistence and persistence—never abandon your prayer request. Continue to thank God for the answer. Father knows and He rewards them who diligently seek Him (Heb. 11:6).
In our text above, Jesus connected answered prayer with the coming of the kingdom here on earth. Therefore, every time you pray, you’re asking for a manifestation of the kingdom of God (Matt. 6:10). Prayers are consistently answered with the coming of the kingdom and in righteousness (Luke 17:20-21; Rom. 14:17; Gen. 15:6). Trust God our heavenly Father and take him at His Word. Father knows all and Father knows best!
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