Ask, Seek, Knock (Matthew 7:7-14)

WW2015-wk42I have heard it said that if we knew what awaits us as believers in Christ, if only we would ask, we would be overwhelmed by untold joy and splendor by what the Lord has for us.

In this passage Jesus is telling his listeners (and us) of what living in the Kingdom of God looks like and they were no doubt astounded by these words of hope, truth, and life. Jesus is explaining how to trust in God for all things in this life just as one would trust in the actions of an earthly father giving what the son asked for. Not only will God give the thing that was asked, but also He will give “much more” than expected to those who will ask him.

Our Father longs to give us much more than we ask but we somehow don’t go to Him with full expectancy of receiving what He has for us. To properly understand who the Father is and what His purpose are, let us look at another Scripture regarding asking and receiving. In John 14:13, we read, “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” The Father gives to us for one reason above all and that is to receive glory. Does He care for and love His children and show His love by providing for them? Yes, His love is so great, He even provides for those who do not know Him and then says, “and how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him?”

In the same passage, Jesus speaks about how we, in turn, should treat others as we would want to be treated. The gift we are to give is to love our neighbor as we would want to be loved. This is followed by the “narrow way that is hard that leads to life” and those who find it are those who are faithful, humble, and trusting in the Lord for all things. All we must do is ask as we seek after righteousness that is the Kingdom of God.

How can we better trust in the Lord to be so bold to “Ask, Seek, Knock”?

What can we do so that we may learn to treat others as we would want to be treated?

It is the way of Christ to truly follow Him by doing as he commanded. May each of us learn to trust in Him as to “Ask, Seek, Knock” everyday of our lives.

This week’s devotional was written by Nelson Poynter. He is married to his wife Chris and is a graduate of Crossroads Bible College. He is currently pursuing his Master’s degree with Capital Seminary and Graduate School and has a heart for God and for His people. He writes at http://www.nelsonpoynter.com

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