Matthew 7:7-11 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? (KJV)
A.S.K. This is an acronym that will help you to remember the main idea of these verses. The acronym “A.S.K.” stands for “Ask”, “Seek”, and “Knock.” We are told that prayer is more than just asking. Prayer is a search, it is an endeavor to know God and His will.
In the original language these words are in what is called the “present active indicative.” Jesus is saying ask and keep on asking. Seek and keep on seeking. Knock and keep on knocking. These are continuous verbs. The verbs used in the answer are also under the same continuous action. In other words, if we keep on asking we will keep on receiving. If we keep on seeking we will be continually finding. If we will keep on knocking doors will continue to open before us. Verses nine and ten assure us that the answers which we receive from the Father will be only good ones. When you stop to think about it, a Good God can only do good things. It might be hard to understand some of the workings of the Lord but you can be assured, even if they are at times mysterious, that they are always good!
Applying these verses practically means that I must be in a constant state of asking, seeking and knocking at God’s door. In which case I will be literally being answered. I will continuously be finding what I’m searching for and the doors will continue to open before me and all of the doors of the Lord lead to goodness.
PRAYER: Lord, as the disciples asked you and as I have asked You hundreds, if not thousands of times before; “teach me to pray.” I ask you now, again. It is not some form of words that I seek rather it is the heart that pursues You in a constant and consistent manner. All good things come from You and I ask that You pour Your goodness into my life and from my life into the life of others. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
COMMITMENT: I will seek God daily. Regardless of the circumstances that surround my life I will be confident in the promises of His Word. It is my expectation that I will be in a process of being continually answered, I will be finding, and the right doors will be constantly opening before me. This is my declaration of faith and hope in Christ.