4.17.21 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on Matthew. Part 75. Seek/Knock. Part 3.

Man…it’s hard to get past this verse. Let’s take one more day to talk about this.

Matthew 7:7 – “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”

Bibleref had this to say yesterday….

The heart of Jesus’ point is that God is listening, paying attention to His people, and ready to give them good gifts. What a remarkable truth! The God of all creation cares so deeply about His children that He hears them when they pray. Even better: He answers. This also speaks to those with doubts and questions about faith. Those who lack faith, but pursue truth, will find it in Christ (Mark 9:24; John 14:6).

Since God is listening and loving, Jesus tells His listeners to ask, to seek, and to knock. When you ask, it will be given. When you seek, you will find. When you knock, the proper door will be opened. Jesus commands His followers to bring their requests, to look for answers, and ask to be let into God’s presence. Instead of putting limits and conditions on these promises.

Jesus is commanding us. Not asking us or mildly suggesting it. He’s commanding us to ask, seek, knock.

This broadens and expands our relationship with the Father. Our prayer life is increased and intensified as we continue to ask, seek and knock.

Then there’s this point….”Ask to be let into God’s presence.”

I have never…ever looked at it this way. Asking, seeking and knocking gives us access to God’s presence? Yes. The short answer. The longer answer. When we knock on a door, what do we expect? That someone would answer. When we seek, what do we expect? We expect to find? When we ask, what do we expect? An answer.

In our prayer life each day, our prayers sometimes are these long, drawn out, run on sentences and list of things but….sometimes, they are questions. Oh wait…are they? Do you actually ask questions in your prayers? Or…are you just making statements?

I’ve started to ask questions. To actually seek God in all of it. To seek answers from God. Not just pray and not expect anything. I’m now asking and expecting answers. Expecting Him to intervene, to get involved (as if He wasn’t already) and expecting Him to actually…answer. As anyone else would?

Am I crazy? Anyone else doing this?

Let’s take the time that we should to ask, seek and knock. God is waiting for us. Let’s take Him up on His offer.

9 Comments

  1. Margaret K on April 17, 2021 at 9:22 am

    Wow. I’ve never thought about it like that.
    Yes, I’m going to start to ask more questions and actually expect answers.

  2. Margaret K on April 17, 2021 at 9:31 am

    Expecting answers – do we actually expect God to answer when we ask????
    I recently discovered that I don’t actually expect God to move when I ask for something.
    It was a small thing. When I was at Niagara Falls earlier this month, one of the viewing areas was opened, but a different one was not, and hadn’t been opened yet this season.
    I told God I was going to see the open area and then come back.
    I asked Him to please have this area open when I came back. He did. I was shocked.
    I was even more shocked to realize that I had absolutely no expectation of it being open.
    I spent time thinking about how often this was the case, and talking to God about my lack of expectancy.

    • Dave Pettigrew on April 20, 2021 at 9:39 am

      it’s humbling to be put in that place. a place of total faith and trust instead of expecting…..

  3. Patti S on April 17, 2021 at 9:58 am

    ‘Ask to be let into God’s presence’

    That is what was bouncing around in my mind…….

    I envision myself outside a home, trying to figure out how to enter:
    Break in?
    Sneek in?
    Walk away?
    Knock and wait to be let in. Sometimes knock a 2nd, 3rd, 4th time. But, knocking with the knowledge that the owner is faithful and unchanging and will answer.?

    Because of Him

  4. Peggy F on April 17, 2021 at 11:49 am

    And I love the confidence it grows in my heart! Peggy, Ask! it will be given. Seek ! you will find, Knock ! the door will be opened! The encouragement the Holy Spirit gives us in these precious words, is staggering! And linked together with Hebrews 4:16 ” Therefore, let us draw near( with confidence) (boldly) to the throne of grace so we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.!!! And yes, Dave , bringing us back to ” the expectation” that God does hear us, and He will answer when we knock. How often, in life, when disappointments come to us, and they do in life, do we , maybe subconsciously, do we ” stop expecting” the answers. I love when it becomes new and fresh, again, as in ” today” !!!!!!

  5. Suzanne R on April 17, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    Yea, I basically I just make statements as vs asking. I will start asking.

  6. Margaret M on April 17, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    This is a new perspective for me. I’m praying offer and I seek and ask and knock. I know God hears and listens but I’m not quite shore what I expect. I am going to start to look and expect answers. Closely hear and see how God is answering my prayers.

  7. Diane J on April 17, 2021 at 4:46 pm

    Lord I am knocking Please answer the door
    More of You Less of Me

  8. Sherri H on April 18, 2021 at 8:07 am

    indeed thoughts to ponder to TRULY ask? seek! knock! and like the others said expect an answer amen Dave

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