Ask, Seek, Knock
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, 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!
How often do we truly sit down, kneel, get into a posture of prayer and really ASK God to move? How often do you find yourself in the quiet of your own thoughts connecting with our Father? Is the only time you ASK God questions when you feel like He has wronged you in some way? It seems is the question that I ASK God the most is “WHY?!?!?” God wants us to fervently Pray to Him and get to a place that is personal with just us and Him….
In the Previous Chapter, Jesus gives us this command… “when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you”
This is a great reminder to get on our Hands and Knees and ASK God to move in our lives….after all…God promises for those who ASK – they surely will receive. When is the last time you challenged God to prove that promise in scripture? What aren’t we ASKing God to grow us, teach us, help us, mold us, love us, shape us…..
Now Seeking, this is a little bit more loose in interpretation. How does one seek out something? They can do that passively or intensely… They can do it with all of their heart or just kind of flippantly do it.
However, this is not what God had in mind. Just imagine you were in the woods late at night in pitch black – there was an overcast and you couldn’t see in front of you but 2 feet. You would be desperately seeking any kind of help or rescue. You need a light. Just imagine how frantically you would be searching and seeking…possibly on your hands and knees with a urgency. Well, that is how God desires for us to seek Him…with EVERYTHING we have…not flippantly…not blocking off 15 minutes to “read your bible”, not to truly seek him out in everything and with everything that you have!
Then we will surely find him…when we seek him!
This is the one that often baffles me. I feel if we were truly serious about Connecting with our Father God then we would KNOCK with passion, persistence, and perseverance. I love the analogy that Jesus uses here…Knock and the door will be opened to you….
Let’s just say that you were creepin’ on your next door neighbor who you love to hang out with… you watch out your window as they pull into their driveway, get out of their car, and walk inside…shutting the door behind them. You think to yourself – SWEET…time to go hang out! So you walk over to their house and KNOCK on the door….. no one answers…. Would you A) Knock harder (I mean you really want to hang out and you KNOW that they are there!) B) Walk away and not think anything of it? OF COURSE you would knock harder – you would Knock until they answered – I mean come on – they just walked in two minutes ago…
God’s Word tells us that He knows His sheep’s voice…When we call on Him… He listens. If we truly want to spend time with God and for the things of God to be opened to us… Let’s KNOCK with passion, persistence, and perseverance. If you don’t feel like God is connecting with you…KNOCK harder….KNOCK Longer…KNOCK with Passion, Persistence, and Perseverance…
HOW SWEET IS IT THAT GOD HEARS US…GOD WANTS TO HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH US…. LET’S ASK, SEEK, AND KNOCK AFTER HIM….