‘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.

Matthew 7 : 7 – 8

These are wonderful promises; they are not the words of a God who wants to deny his children any good thing, but who takes pleasure in giving generously. But what sort of things is it alright to ask for, or to seek? These words didn’t appear out of nowhere; remember all the stuff over the last few weeks about the pure in heart and prayer and charity, etc? This is part of the same teaching session from Jesus. The standard Jesus sets is high, but here is an assurance that we are not left to struggle without resources. It is a promise that we will have all we need.

These verses have personal significance for me. Finding myself at a point of several decisions, and unable to work out the best way forward, I knew I needed help to think things over. I am blessed to work with a team of wonderful Christians, and I decided to ask them for their thoughts at our next team meeting. Without being aware of my intentions, my colleague started our time together with a reflection on these verses, and as we began a time of sharing and prayer he asked these three questions:

  • What is it you long to receive from God; but have never actually asked for… yet?
  • What is it you are looking for; what have you been unable to see clearly… so far?
  • What is the door you find yourself in front of, and are still hesitating on the threshold … for now?

 

My colleagues’ support in prayer encouraged me to ask for what I needed, to seek the answers I required and to take a step into something new. There was no immediate transformation in my life, but my fears and the anxiety began to give way to peace, and I am moving forward, no longer stalled.

As I look at these verses again now, I realise this was not a once in a lifetime moment. I sense that same questioning from God, that same invitation to ask, seek, knock.  He’s not a genie that grants three wishes, but offers a lifetime – an eternity – of provision for us, day by day, if only we will remember that it’s there.

 

Prayer: Lord God, thank you for loving us, not in an abstract, airy-fairy kind of way, but with a love that wants to give us good things. We thank you for your invitation to ask things of you, and the expectation that you will respond generously. In Jesus name

Amen

 

Action: Ponder these questions, and as answers become clear to you, take them to God in prayer.

  • What is it you long to receive from God; but have never actually asked for… yet?
  • What is it you are looking for; what have you been unable to see clearly… so far?
  • What is the door you find yourself in front of, and are still hesitating on the threshold … for now?

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