Tuesday, April 15, 2014 12:29 AM

April 15, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 12:29 AM
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 12:29 AM

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

Jesus tells us to persist in pursuing God.   We are to passionately persist in prayer. We naturally persevere in our prayers when someone close to us is sick. If one of our children becomes ill, we pray without ceasing. Likewise, if we are in financial trouble or if we are hoping for a promotion or if we have a frightening or dangerous task ahead of us, we generally find it easy to pray. But do we persist in our prayers for spiritual growth for ourselves and others? Do we "ask . . . seek . . . knock" for a pure mind? Do we keep on knocking for a forgiving spirit or for the removal of an angry or critical spirit?

Knowing God takes effort, and Jesus assures us that our efforts will be rewarded.   We should continue to ask Him for more knowledge, patience, wisdom, love, and understanding.  

“Ask” implies asking for a conscious need.  The next step, “seek”, involves asking but adds action. The idea is not merely to express one's need, but to get up and look around for help. This is faith and it involves effort.  “Knock” includes asking, plus acting, plus persevering - like someone who keeps pounding on a closed door! 

God promises to answer all genuine prayer.  Everything that we need for spiritual success has been promised to us.  God leaves us no excuse for failure.  Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you, for everyone that does such will receive an answer.  You are not cut off in any way from the blessings and provisions of God for these are available to every one of His children.

Dear God,
How excellent is your name above all the earth.  I come confessing my love for you, that you are my God alone and that your will be done in my life.  I also confess that in my asking, I am trusting you to supply my needs, and by seeking, I am demonstrating my faith that you will provide that that I need, Knocking expecting the door will be open unto me with your blessing.
In Jesus name I pray. Amen  

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