Why it matters: Jesus continues the lessons from His Manifest (Matthew 5-7). This one is very important. It is the essence of the kingdom of God.
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
Source: Matthew 7:7-11 (ESV)
God is not a grumpy old man who doesn’t care. God, my heavenly Father, is more than ready. God is our example of what love is all about. If it is in my best interests, God will do it.
God is in a good mood. God is like our parents. God wants the best for us. I’ve always given my kids what I could. You are the same way. This rings true and we know what it means.
God’s Goal: God has some goals in mind for us here. Will we act on them and learn? This is a case of persistence in our commitment to learn from Jesus. These are not one time activities.
- I should ask. I realized last night as I was in bed and praying that there is something, I think God wants to do but I had not asked God for it. It just hit me, why not ask. So I did and I will continue. How many times have I just not asked? I need directions. What does it hurt to say, “I’m lost”, which way should I go?
- I should seek. Many times, I don’t see it the first time around. I recently lost something very important to me. I was all distraught. I retraced all my steps. I didn’t stop. I kept seeking. I found it, in a place I had probably looked at 10 times. It had been there all along.
- I should knock. Just because the door is closed doesn’t mean it won’t be opened up, if nothing else because of my persistence. Remember this story from Jesus?
Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and from inside he answers and says, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been shut and my children and I are in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs.