Ask, Seek, Knock
Q: How do we ask GOD for what we want?
A: Ask, Seek, Knock, A-S-K. Jesus himself told us how to ask for what we need in Mathew 7:7-8;
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
He tells us plainly that it’s a 3 step process. First, we verbally ask him in prayer, out loud or in writing. Second, we must seek the answer. That means look around, go on a quest and do research. Third, we must knock “on doors”. The LORD is telling us to do something not just sit around watching TV. We have to knock on doors by trying out things, call up some people and maybe literally knock on some one’s door.
Q: “I asked GOD last Thursday for something but I didn’t get an answer! Why not?”
A: Doing these 3 things, Ask, Seek, Knock, requires persistence over time. That means we have to keep it up and follow the process. In time, He assures us that EVERYONE who asks will receive an answer. The answer may be “Yes”, “No” or “This is how to do it.” but Jesus guarantees that EVERYONE who asks will RECEIVE an answer. The ONE who seeks FINDS what he is looking for. The LORD uses the singular “one” instead of the plural “everyone” for seeking because not everyone will go on the quest to look and if it is meaningful we must go on a quest. To the ONE who knocks on the door, GOD will open the door for him. Again, the singular “one” is used with knocking because that’s more work and the majority of people will not get out and knock on doors.
Notice, that the LORD does not say, “Maybe receive… if you find it… the door might be opened” but instead He says, “Will be”. That’s called a guarantee!
Q: What if I ask Him for a better job but I don’t get it?
A: Jesus goes on to say in Mathew 7:9-11 ,
Is there anyone among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you then, although you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
Even though, we are evil we still give our children what they ask for. He is saying that Father GOD is not evil and wants to give us good things. His nature is totally different from ours. Our nature is evil but the nature of GOD is pure and wholesome. This again backs up His guarantee that we WILL receive what we ask for when we follow the three step process of Ask, Seek, Knock.