- Matthew 7:7-9 (NIV) 7 "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. 9 "Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?
In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus returns a second time to speak of prayer. The first time He had spoken of the Father who is to be found in secret, and rewards openly, and had given us the pattern prayer. Here He wants to teach us and assure us that prayer will be heard and answered.
Notice how He uses words which mean almost the same thing and each time He repeats the promise clearly…
It will be given to you, you will find, the door will be opened to you.
Then He gives us the grounds for our faith: a law of heaven.
Everyone who asks receives
He who seeks finds
To Him who knocks the door will be opened.
He wants to impress deep on our minds this one truth, that we may and must most confidently expect an answer to our prayer.
Next to the revelation of the Father’s love, there is not a more important lesson than this: You prayers will be answered!
ASK, refers to the gifts we pray for. But I may ask and receive the gift without the Giver.
SEEK is the word Scripture uses of God Himself; Christ assures me that I can find Himself. But it is not enough to find God in time of need, without coming to abiding fellowship:
KNOCK speaks of admission to dwell with Him and in Him.
Asking and receiving the gift leads to seeking and finding the Giver, and this again to the knocking and opening of the door of the Father’s home and love.
One thing is sure: the Lord does want us to count most certainly on it that asking, seeking, knocking, cannot be in vain: receiving an answer, finding God, the opened heart and home of God, are the certain fruit of prayer.
With Christ in the School of Prayer - Andrew Murray
Today why not take a moment to ask, to seek and to knock.
Knock on the door and seeking to find an audience with the Father. Spend time with Him enjoying His presence and then and only then ask Him for His blessings.