Ask, Seek, Knock

Matthew 7:7-8 tells us: 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 he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

Jesus wants us to be persistent in prayer. He wants us to keep asking, keep seeking and to keep on knocking. When we ask, we have a need and believe God hears our prayers. Seeking implies that we’re earnest in our request and that we’re obedient to God’s will. Knocking shows a perseverance in coming to God when He doesn’t answer quickly.

Jesus assures us that those who ask will receive what they ask for is based on:

(1) Seeking first the kingdom of God. Matthew 6:33 says, But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. When we seek the kingdom of God, we must earnestly surrender all to God. When we seek His righteousness, we must seek to obey His commandments and remain separated from the world.

(2) Recognizing His goodness and love. John 15:16 says, You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.

(3) Praying in accordance with His will. 1 John 5:14 says, Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. Once we know His will, then we can ask in confidence and faith.

(4) Having faith that He hears and will answer. Mark 11:24 says, Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. Sometimes our desires are granted immediately; at other times they’re not. Yet God gives the faith that the prayer has been heard and the request will be granted.

Larry Cobb

Published on November 13, 2017