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, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8)
Pastor John’s Notes:
These verses are often misinterpreted to mean that God has given us a blank check to fulfill all our human craving, but the context of this command has to do with our citizenship in the kingdom of heaven. If we are seeking the kingdom, we will surely find it. If we are knocking on the doors of the kingdom, they will be opened to us. If we ask for some blessing that will help us in our spiritual journey, it will be provided. But in order for us to move forward in our spiritual lives, we must spur ourselves on to ask, seek, and knock.
American culture values self-reliance. We are a people who do not ask easily, and we often equate asking with selfishness. Because of this, many of us feel a reluctance to ask God for anything. There is also a pridefulness in our heart that does not want to rely upon God, either for what we need materially or spiritually. Once we overcome this pridefulness and begin to ask, many good blessings will be provided for us.
Lord, give me a humble heart that is ready to ask for what I need. Give me the wisdom to ask often and to know what to ask for. Help me grow spiritually and become a mature citizen of your kingdom. Help me also to entrust my material needs to you.