Scripture Reading: Matthew 7: 7-8: “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.”
Jesus, in the Lord’s Prayer, teaches us that when we pray to God, we should first acknowledge Our Father who is in heaven. We should pray for God’s kingdom and His will to come before anything else. Praying for God’s will to be done before our own prayer concerns is something that most of us don’t do each time we pray. In fact, many times we don’t really want God’s will to be done; we want our own will to be done. We either misunderstand or don’t take the time to truly comprehend what this passage really says.
The same is true with this text from Matthew. We read it, but we don’t really dig deeper to comprehend exactly what the text is saying. Jesus tells us to ask, and also to seek, and also to knock. Many of us just think that if we ask God for something that He will deliver. Often we may ask God for a specific request and then we end us seeking things other than God and His will.
We want God to answer our prayers without any effort on our part. Instead of knocking we want God to deliver our wishes to our own front door. God requires faith on our part and an active seeking of His will for our lives.
Our pastor, Edward Bolen, gave some examples of this last Sunday. He told several stories of people who wanted a sign from God that would give them some reassurance. One person asked why it was that God would not give her a big neon sign as a clear indication that God wanted her to follow a certain path. God could do that of course, but how would we learn to become faithful followers of God if that were the case.
I am guilty of this in my own walk with God. Many times I pray to God for a church in which to do full-time ministry and I fail to go out into the world asking, seeking, and knocking. As followers of Christ we will face rejection, we will encounter ridicule and skepticism, and we will even become discouraged at times. However, we must not give up, we must keep the faith and continue to believe that God has designed us for a purpose in this fallen world. Persistent prayer and faith will lead you to where God is calling. Don’t give up and become discouraged; ask, seek, and knock.