Ask, Seek, Knock

 from Lynda Lindsey

 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

You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13

Ask. We ask many questions, some of great importance, some ordinary and mundane; along with the asking, we expect a forthcoming reply. What’s for dinner, where is the nearest gas station, why was I born? Seek. We seek, or search for, many things, again some of great importance, some ordinary and mundane; we seek expectantly, hoping to find a solution or resolution. Scientists seek a cure for cancer, we look for misplaced glasses or keys. Knock. We knock or strike against a surface to attract attention and gain entry into a house or building.

Jesus is teaching us how to pray; we have His assurance that if we ask, seek, and knock, we will find Him. His door is not locked or barricaded; the gentlest touch will cause His door to open wide. Persistence and perseverance are necessary, however, as is a wholehearted approach. God is a jealous lover. Not until we seek Him with all our heart will we find Him; He will not be found if we tack His name onto a list of competing priorities.

Asking aright in prayer is a learned skill; Jesus is a patient teacher. A loving parent wouldn’t give a child something harmful just because the child asked. Neither does God grant us something harmful if we ask amiss. What confidence this gives us as we approach the throne of grace and mercy to find help in time of need! We can pour out our heart before Him, resting solidly in His goodness, trusting Him to give what is best for us. Be faithful in prayer. Ask. Seek. Knock. Confidently. Boldly. With assurance. For God is good and God delights in giving His good gifts to His children!