James Cash Penney’s first venture as a retail proprietor was a butcher-shop in Longmont, Colorado which opened in 1899 and failed almost immediately, after he refused to bribe an important local hotel chef with a weekly bottle of bourbon. “I lost everything I had,” said … More
The three words, ask, seek and knock, suggest both perseverance and frequent prayer (v. 7). God promises to answer genuine prayer that is fervent and continual (v. 8). Everything we need for spiritual success has been promised to us. God leaves us with no excuse for failure. Would you give your hungry child a stone to eat, if the child asked for bread (v. 9)? Would you give your child a snake if the child asked for a fish (v. 10)? Even if you are evil you know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him (v. 11)! The blessings promised here as a result of prayer are not the blessings of common grace (Matt. 5:45) but of the kingdom. And though we must ask for them, it is not because God must be informed (Matt. 6:8) but because this is the Father’s way of training his family.
Verse 12 is commonly referred to as “the Golden Rule” and is one of the most misunderstood statements in the Bible. It is not God’s plan of redemption. A person’s righteous acts do not save him but when he is saved he is then able to demonstrate true righteousness toward others. The principle taught here only applies to believers and ought to govern our attitudes toward others. If we would rather have people pray for us than criticize us, then we ought to be willing to do the same for them. Practicing “the Golden Rule” releases the love of God in our lives and makes it possible for us to help others, even when they want to hurt us.
How I treat others is not to be determined by how I expect them to treat me or by how I think they should treat me but by how I would hope they would treat me. Who is someone I have criticized and need to pray for.
"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! "So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets."
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Matthew 4:1-11Three Major Tests
Matthew 4:12-17Persecution of Followers
Matthew 4:18-25Ministry in the Synagogues
Matthew 5:1-12Sermon on The Mount
Matthew 5:13-20Fishing For Men
Matthew 5:21-26Anger is Murder in The Heart
Matthew 5:27-32Divorce And Remarriage
Matthew 5:33-42Unfair and Unreasonable Treatment
Matthew 5:43-48Love Your Enemies
Matthew 6:1-4How to Giving?
Matthew 6:5-18Practice of Prayer
Matthew 6:19-24The Love of Wealth
Matthew 6:25-34Do Not Worry
Matthew 7:1-6Judging And Hypocrisy
Matthew 7:7-12The Golden Rule
Matthew 7:13-23A Professing Christian vs a True Christian
Matthew 7:24-29Building on the Right Foundation
Matthew 8:1-17Healing Miracles of Christ
Matthew 8:18-27Motives of Service
Matthew 8:28-34Jesus Transfers Demons to Pigs
Matthew 9:1-8Jesus Heals a Crippled Man
Matthew 9:9-13Reaching Sinners And Tax Collectors
Matthew 9:14-26The Traditions of Judaism
Matthew 9:27-38The Need For Laborers
Matthew 10:1-15Qualifications of The Twelve Apostles
Matthew 10:16-31Religious Opposition to Christ’s Followers
Matthew 10:32-42The Service of Christian Workers