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.