Asking is an act of faith in a good and gracious God. Jesus told us to freely ask!

God’s Provisions:
Ask, Seek, and Knock – Part 1

Scripture Reading:  Matthew 7:8-12

Key Verse:  Matthew 7:7

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

The Bible has made it clear that God Himself wants to be known as the God who provides, as we have studied in these last few days.  In today’s scripture we are instructed on how to approach God with our needs.  Jesus gives three words for us to use when we approach God: Ask, seek, knock.

            The word “ask” is a word that expresses our want or desire.  Asking is an act of faith in a good and gracious God.  It is this act of asking that avoids the danger Jesus warned about in Matthew chapter six:  worrying.  If we don’t trust God enough to simply and humbly ask, then the only alternative is to fret and worry!  Jesus instructs us to ask!

            The second word Jesus gives us is “seek.”  This indicates diligence!  One who won’t give up, but feels a desperate need and knows the answer is found in the heavenly Father!  To seek is to leave no stone unturned.  It can indicate one who looks in every area to make sure all is clear for the Father to supply the need.  A seeker will look at his own faith to make sure it is strong.  A seeker will examine his request to make sure it is not selfish or out of line with God’s Word.  A seeker refuses to stop searching for God’s answer to his dilemma.  It is a search in full expectation of finding based on the confident trust in God’s goodness!  (Continued)

Father, I will ask because I trust your goodness.  I will seek because I know you will reveal the perfect answer.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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