Day 7

Matthew 7:7-12

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; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone?

10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

I remember when my kids were young and they constantly asked me for things. Can I have another cookie? Can I have a soda? Can I get this toy? Can I have this candy? They had no problem asking me, seeking me out wherever I might be and continuing to knock on the door of my brain until I heard them or gave them the attention they wanted.

In today’s passage, Jesus is asking us to do three things. Ask, seek and knock -- all with promises attached to them.

Let’s look at the first: Ask. Jesus said if we ask, it will be given.

What things are you asking for in your life? Safety? Health? Relational help? Spiritual help?

Many times, we stop asking God and try to attain these things by ourselves. As the verse says, our Father knows how to give good things to us. Why not ask Him?

The second thing we’re commanded to do is to seek. Remember playing hide and seek? The key was to find a good hiding place. It’s good to know God is not hiding from us. He wants us to find Him. In fact, He is right in front of us! If we seek Him, we will find Him. Have you become worn out in seeking the Lord? Take another look! He’s right here!

The last thing this passage says to do is to knock, and the door will be opened. Sometimes when I’ve had a long day and finally make it home to my cozy couch and diet Mt. Dew, I just want to “veg out” in front of the TV and watch wheel of fortune. Then I hear it! A disturbing knock at the door -- Ugh! Isn’t it nice to know that our knocking on God’s door for His blessings and answers is not annoying to Him? He is glad to open the door to us and say, “Come on in!” Let’s remember that the literal translation of this passage says, “Keep on asking, keep on seeking, keep on knocking.” God expects us to not give up. Jesus died on the cross to make a way for us to enter into that kind of relationship with our Father. So ask, seek and knock away!