prayer and the golden rule …..
The heading in my bible for Matthew 7:7-12 is ‘Prayer and the golden rule’
Let’s read it together and discover what ‘gold’ God has placed in His Word for us …..
‘V7-11 Ask and it will be give to you, seek, and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him?’
The Golden Rule
‘v12. In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.’
Now if we cross reference ‘for this is the Law and the Prophets’ it takes us to Matt 22:40 which tells us the following …. “On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
So if we backup to find out what these two commandments are we go to Matt 22:37-39 where Jesus tells us “And He said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, You shall love your neighbour as yourself.”
Is God perhaps telling us that the golden rule for answered prayer could be ‘treat people the sme way you want them to treat you – this is summed up in the law and the prophets.