Ask, Seek, Knock
You know the Bible says if we ask we shall receive. If we seek we shall find and if we knock it shall be opened unto us? I wonder how many of God's children really believe that? Then why is there so much lack in the corporate body of Christ? Why is there so much sickness among the Christians of our day?
If we don't "believe" then it won't work for us. If we don't have faith in His Word then we can confess His Words until the end of time, but nothing will happen. All Jesus ever asks of us is that we come to Him in faith. After all He has done for us, surely we can place our trust in Him.
"7. 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?" Matthew 7:7-11, Luke 11:9-13
This scripture says if we ask we will receive, if we seek we will find and if we knock it will be opened to us. Does that sound unreasonable to you? It is pretty straight forward and easy to understand. We simply take God at His Word, or do we?.
First of all, to take God at His Word we must know what His Word says. Second, we must start with small faith and grow into more faith as we grow spiritually.
Let's go on.
19Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. 20For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Matthew 18:19-20
Here again is another way to reach Jesus with requests or prayers, but this scripture still envolves asking.
22And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. Matthew 21:22
Whatsoever covers anything and everything. To believe means to trust, put confidence in, persuaded or convinced, to be sure of. Are we sure of God and what He says?
I have to say sometimes, when the doctor shows us an x-ray or something in our blood work, that says we have some disease or sickness, it gets difficult to take God at His Word, but we must.
And here is why we must,
"Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. Mark 9:23
Another reason to "Ask."
"13And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. John 14: 13-14
"If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. John 15:7
Abide means to live, remain, contiune or dwell in our spirit or heart. Do the Words of Jesus abide in us?
Now, I would rather not mention this Scripture but I would be remiss and unfair to my friends if I let it slide, so here goes.
2Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. James 4:2-3
The next Scripture is key if we could ever understand it and let it live in our spirit.
" Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us," Ephesians 3:20
Here is just a short little sentence but this is one that we need to get if it is the only one we get from this whole message.
Here is the last Scripture on "Ask."
14"And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15and if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him." First John 5:14-15
This is the Scripture I use a lot and IT WORKS FOR ME.
Many times we ask for things that are selfish and desired to please our own flesh. That is what is meant by the above Scripture. And that is why we do not receive from the Lord. As far as things for our own self here is what God's Word says about that.
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33
I know it seems easier to ask for things than to seek them. To seek tells us that we must search or pursue. This is by God's design. He desires that we seek His righteousness. In other words we are not just asking God for things without living for Him. He does not reward false Christians with His favor. When we seek God and His righteousness all the things we need are added unto us. They are by-products for living a life pleasing to our Lord.
God still tells us that if we seek we will find that which we desire.
The third way to getting an answer to prayer is by knocking. To ask implies want, seeking implies loss and knocking implies need. One must knock with earnestness and perseverance. (Dake's Annotated Reference Bible, Page 6, New Testament, note w)
I know this is a long message but I want to add one more thing. Please bear with me and I thing these next Scriptures will help someone a lot.
We find these in Luke 11:5-8 KJV
"And he (Jesus)
Jesus has given us many ways to approach His Throne for answered prayer. And just let me say here the Bible never, never addresses unanswered prayer.
I wish for you a faith that grows as you study God's Word
God Bless You!
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