Trusting in God's Provision: The Incredible Power of Asking and Receiving

Best Sermon Ever. | Week: 10

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Please explore the following resources that our Resource Team curated. We think they will help you as you dive deeper into the topics discussed in our sermon series Best Sermon Ever..

Recommended Books:

Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Tim Keller This book dives in to how to establish a daily practice of prayer and how to pray through specific situations, both good and bad. 

Power Through Prayer by E.M. Bounds “Power Through Prayer teaches readers that prayer is much more than just another thing to cross off their lists each day. This guidebook provides believers with information about the most effective ways to use prayer to better understand God's word, fully appreciate divine power, and more deeply commune with God.” 

Praying Like Monks, Living Like Fools: Staton, Tyler  I started listening to Praying like Monks one morning on the way out to feed our chickens. By the time I got back in the house to get ready for work I was UGLY crying. PLEASE DON’T STOP READING. It wasn’t that I discovered some new theological term. It wasn’t that Tyler Staton had convinced me of something about which I had long disagreed. He invited me to see God’s heart for His people when we pray. He invited me to see God’s heart for our friends and family when we pray for THEM. He invited me to see God’s heart for His church as we set down our excuses and send up our prayers. I get lost sometimes when I imagine what would happen if the church was truly captivated by God and then catapulted to pray like Jesus taught us. Read this book and then come imagine with me. - Jay Gunn, Groups Director 

Recommended Articles:

Desiring God: Ask Your Father in Heaven This article breaks Matthew 7:7-11 down into eight distinct encouragements from Jesus that call us to prayer. It also underscores the sin of prayerlessness in the church and reminds us that even when we do not receive exactly what we ask for, God has better things in store for us.

The Gospel Coalition: The Doctrine of Prayer This essay defines prayer, lays out its theological uses throughout the Old and New Testaments, and gives us six implications to build our confidence when we desire for God to answer our prayers. It also points us to the truth that the premise of our prayers should be asking God to do what He has already promised to do in His Word.

R.C. Sproul: Does Prayer Change God's Mind? This article addresses a common question that Christians ask after reading a passage like Matthew 7. It reminds us that God always acts for His glory first, and our benefit second–which is ALWAYS a good thing! So, while our prayers do not “change God’s mind”, we know they serve a glorious purpose and that He answers in love without fail.

Recommended Podcasts:

Podcasts | Cornerstone Church  (Warehouse) Have you ever heard a sermon and thought, "How in the world did he discover that?" Or "Where did he get that idea?" Every week at Cornerstone Church, two teams dig into the biblical text that will be taught during our weekend services. We spend hours talking about the text, context, culture, you name it. But you can't stuff ALL that into a 30-minute message. That's where we come in. We'll show you the stuff in the warehouse that didn't make it to the stage.

Your Father Knows What’s Best (Matthew 7:7–11) By David Platt A five minute clip on trusting God’s goodness in prayer, even when we don’t get what we asked for.

Recommended Videos:

Elisabeth Elliot- A Father's Love 

John Piper: Ask God for Everything This short sermon excerpt connects John 14 to the themes of Matthew 7:7-11 and the Lord’s Prayer and encourages us to align our prayers through the lens of saying, “Hallowed be Thy Name…”. God answers our prayers in a way that brings about His glory. 

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Other Recommended Resources:

The Gospel Coalition: Commentary on Matthew This commentary, written by Douglass O’Donnell, breaks down Matthew section by section. It connects Matthew 7:7-11 to the Golden Rule by explaining how we cannot understand the proper context without Verse 12. 


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