Need encouragement to pray? John Calvin once said that "Nothing is better adapted to excite us to prayer than a full conviction that we shall be heard." That's why Jesus said things like:
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 (Matt. 7:7–8).
These unblushing promises are meant to encourage us to pray.
But they also raise an obvious question. How do we explain it when we've asked, but it sure doesn't seem like we've received? We've sought, but we haven't yet found. We've knocked, and the door is still shut. How do we explain unanswered prayers given Jesus's claim that "everyone who asks receives"?
We talk about it with Pastor Justin Dillehay.
Kurt Goff, co-host of Kurt and Kate Mornings, is a broadcasting veteran with a pastor's heart. He is a graduate of Texas Christian University and has more than 30 years of experience anchoring television news and hosting a variety of radio programs around the country. Upbeat and encouraging, Kurt has a passion for connecting people to God. He and his wife, Liz, have two sons.
Kate Bruington is the co-host of Kurt and Kate Mornings, Midday host, and can also be heard on Music for Sunday. Originally from East Hartford, Conn., Kate brings years of TV and radio experience to Moody Radio in Florida. She attended Boston Conservatory of Music and traveled the country singing before entering the broadcasting field. Kate's pastimes are reading and writing, and she currently spends much of her free time writing a novel. She has two daughters and two grandchildren.