ASK, SEEK, KNOCK
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7, 8.
Many of us have been taught that Jesus was talking about being persistent in prayer here. Ask and keep on asking, as though God were deaf or needed persuading. We know that is not true because God is more ready to give than we are to receive. Sometimes the problem is that we ask for the wrong things, for the wrong reasons or with the wrong attitude.
But Jesus’ instruction here – His yoke – is not so much about persistence, although it is important that we do not give up, as it is about approaching God with the right attitude. First of all, asking, seeking and knocking are all part of prayer. Sometimes we need to ask, other times to seek or to knock depending on what we desire from God.
We often approach God with a request in the same way as we approach some people, depending who they are or what our relationship to them is. For example, we would ask our boss for a raise in salary differently from the way we would ask our father for a new bicycle. We would give reasons and explanations to our boss and even ask him in a roundabout way. We would not need to speak to our father like that. We would simply tell him what we want.
Jesus said that we are to treat God as our heavenly Father. He does not need long explanations, big words or round about ways of asking. If it for our good and for His glory, He will willingly give what we ask, even if He does not give it to us immediately. At the right time He will grant our request if we trust Him and patiently wait for His time.
God is a far better Father than any earthly father. Earthly fathers give their children what they ask for – even if they are evil compared with God our Father. Surely then, God, who is a perfect Father will give us what He knows is good for us!
Jesus taught us to be direct with God. We don’t need to butter Him up or beg Him for what He is more than willing to give. Just ask in simple words; just seek with an honest heart; just knock on the door you would like to go through. Then trust Him to do the best for you and give the best to you because He is your heavenly Father, full of love and compassion for His children.
Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
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