Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps on asking receives, and everyone who keeps searching finds, and for everyone who keeps knocking, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8
Jesus taught his disciples that they could pray to God for help with all of their daily needs, in much the same way they would share those needs with their parents. As Hallesby explains, To pray is nothing more than letting God into our lives. To pray is to give God our request to employ his powers to help us with our needs. The result of our praying is, therefore, not dependent upon the power or length of our prayers. Fervent emotions or a clear expression of the situation are not the reasons that our prayers are answered. The results of our prayers are only dependent upon giving our heavenly Father emphasis to our needs, and imploring him to exercise his power to help us. We have all learned how to share our needs and wants with others. As children, we learned to ask our parents for all that we needed, and even all that we wanted. Prayer is simply doing what we already know how to do—asking our parents and others for help—but with God as the one to whom we are asking for help. For many, the real obstacle to praying is fear of not knowing how to share our needs with God. The prayerful conversation we have with God is to be as natural as having a conversation with our loved ones. For this reason, Jesus taught his followers a way in which to pray using the same conversational process we use with our trusted loved ones. Jesus teaches his followers to pray a conversational style of prayer by using the nine parts of the Lord’s Prayer.
The goal of praying is to develop an ongoing conversation in Christ’s name with our heavenly Father, through which we share the needs of our daily lives. To assist us with our daily conversational prayer, Jesus has given his disciples the Lord’s Prayer, which encourages spontaneous prayers to God for each of our needs. Our conversations and spontaneous prayer are referred to in the Bible as unceasing prayer.