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Ask, Seek, and Knock

DVAsk, Seek, and KnockAsk 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. —Matthew 7:7-8Examine your approach to prayer. How does Matthew 7:7-8 shape your attitude towards prayer—how you ask, what you seek, where you direct your focus?Prayer is not an attempt to convince God to grant you what you want. Neither is it an attempt to get God to act according to your own will. Only a prayer aligned with God’s will can glorify Him. A person carrying out God’s will can enable others to see God’s power, and prove that the principles and teachings in the Bible are true. Learn the skills of asking in all humility, seeking with patience and a willingness to wait, and knocking with holiness and obedience.

    Ask
    "God is greater than our heart, and knows all things"; "for your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him" (1 Jn 3:20; Mt 6:8). God wants us to willingly humble ourselves before Him, to shut out the world and communicate with Him from our inner depths. "Call to Me and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know" (Jer 33:3). If we recognize our limitations and His surpassing greatness, we will seek what God seeks and work with Him.

    Seek
    "Seeking" is getting to the source and foundation of what you ask for. Since we seek what God seeks, we only care for His will—following the principles and teachings in the Bible instead of rushing or dictating God. We should understand the necessity of having a "thorn in our side" (2 Cor 12:7-10), for what God gives us is never second best. Thus, apart from a "Yes" or a "No," His reply may just be, "In a little while."

    Knock
    Since we know what God wills, the narrow gate to the heavenly kingdom is right before us. Jesus said, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me" (Rev 3:20). Glory awaits us behind those doors. Let us heed the call of our Lord, keep our robes clean (Rev 20:14), lift up holy hands (1 Tim 2:8) to receive "every good gift and every perfect gift… from the Father" (Jas 1:17), and enter into the glorious holy city.


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