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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.

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I Screwed Up! Update #2

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  • Yesterday, I got an unexpected opportunity to make money.
  • I was able to help someone who was in desperate need, this in turn helped others who relied on him.
  • I made exactly twice as much as the day before.
  • I had fun doing it – it didn’t feel like work.
  • I got a free meal out of it.
  • Made some new contacts.

I Screwed Up! Update

Since I’ve been praying the Jabez prayer with my new focus on God’s will rather than my money I’ve seen a difference.

See I Screwed Up!

Here are some improvements in my life:

  • I have felt happier rather than depressed as before.
  • I’ve gotten more items marked off my to do list.
  • God has given me more and better ideas for making money.
  • I’ve made a little more money and there are prospects for more in the near future.
  • Life hasn’t felt so difficult and stagnant.

 

I Screwed Up

The Prayer of Jabez

Q:  I prayed the Jabez prayer for a long time and nothing really changed.  Did I do something wrong?

I read The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson years ago but somehow I screwed up the entire meaning of it.  The prayer has 4 parts:

That you would bless me indeed,

and enlarge my territory,

that Your hand would be with me,

and that you would keep me from evil

I completely missed 4 out of 4, that’s 100% INcorrect!  To top it off, I stopped saying the words of the prayer when I got too busy with work.  Some how, I thought it all had to do with m-o-n-e-y so every time I prayed these words I thought about financial blessings.  You would bless me with money indeed, enlarge my financial territory, Your hand would be with me and my money and that you would keep me from doing evil with my money.  Money was my only intent.

A:  Since I’m now running out of money I’m asking for God’s help and I’m getting answers.  I found the book amongst all my others, read it again and it was like reading a new book for the first time.  How did I twist it so that it was unrecognizable.  The prayer and the book don’t really have anything to do with money.  In fact, it’s about our relationship with God and other people.  The prayer and the book don’t mention money or finances.  Blessings of money can come with it but the core of the prayer is about much more valuable things.

The first part, “That you would bless me indeed,” includes all of the LORD’s blessings to us.  Mr. Jabez didn’t ask God how to bless him but left it entirely up to God.  Of course, God wants us to ask for what we want but I was so over focused on the financial aspect that I didn’t leave any room for real blessings to come in.

Second, “and enlarge my territory,” is asking the LORD to “enlarge your life so you can make a greater impact for Him” (p.30).  It’s not about us and it’s not about money for us!  It’s always about God and what He wants for us.  What He wants for us is bigger than anything that we want for ourselves.  I have made money over the years but I was miserable, hated my job and career, and found myself in more debt than money.

Third, “that Your hand would be with me,” is to ask Him to work miracles in our lives that can never be accomplished by human means.  For example, adding 3000 members to the body of Christ in one day as told in Acts 11:21.  Material needs came along with this miracle but material needs (money) were not the miracle.

Last, “and that you would keep me from evil” is asking God to keep us away from evil.  That’s very straight forward.  For example, keep me from hanging out with people who are evil and want evil for me.  This is another one of my big faults.  I tend to associate with those who are bad influences on me.

Although, I prayed the words in the past, I attached a faulty meaning to those words and by doing so I screwed myself!  We can’t pull one over on God.  He’s not deceived by words only and he knows are true intentions.  Now, I’ve started over and I’m praying the words in the truest meaning.  First, that the LORD would bless me in all the ways that He sees fit knowing that he wants me to make wise decisions with money.  Second, to enlarge my life for Him and make an impact for His good on the miserable mud ball.  Third, that His hand would work miracles for His kingdom.  Last, that the LORD will keep me from all forms of evil because I’m just as week as everybody else.  (You may also read, Holes In My Money Bag.)

Please let me know if there’s anything else that I’ve screwed up.

P.S.  I recommend, Avoid presumptions about God’s will” by Grantley Morris.