Matthew 7:7, 8 - Ask, Seek and Knock To Receive, Find and Open.
Matthew 7:7, 8 (KJV) Ask, and it shall be
given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it
shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that
asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and
to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
How do you suppose Jesus felt about the
basket inventory in Matthew 14:17 of only five
loaves and two fish? Any chance he might have
wanted them to include the rest of the
possibilities? Involve all the options? Do you think he was
hoping someone might count to eight?
Well, lets see. We have five
loaves, two fishand Jesus! Jesus Christ. The
same Jesus who told us:
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and
you will find; knock and the door will be opened
to you. (Luke 11:9 NIV)
If you remain in me and my words remain
in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be
given you. (John 15:7 NIV)
What ever you ask for in prayer, believe
that you have received it, and it will be yours.
(Mark 11:24 NIV)
Standing next to the disciples was the
solution to their problemsbut they didnt go to
him. They stopped their count at seven and
What about you? Are you counting to
seven, or to eight? [Max Lucado Daily Devotional at
When you forget how eager God is to help
you, its easy to start depending on yourself
and to stop asking God for his help and
Perhaps you only ask God for the big
stuff and not the small stuff. Guess what:
Everything is small to God. None of your requests are
big in Gods eyes! He has every hair on your
head numbered, and he knows how many fell out in
the sink this morning.
Youre not bothering God when you give
him your requests. Hes the one who set up the
system of prayer in the first place. Thats why
the New Testament tells us more than 20 times to
ask for whatever we need in prayer: Ask and
it will be given to you; seek and you will
find; knock and the door will be opened to you
(Matthew 7:7 NIV).
If its big enough to worry about,
its big enough to pray about. Worry wont
solve it, but prayer will.
God grows your faith and trust the same
way a parent teaches a child to trust (Luke
11:13). First, the child recognizes an unmet need.
Second, the child expresses that need. Third, the
parent meets that need.
God uses this same cycle to teach you how
to trust him. You have an unmet need. You
express that unmet need to God. God meets that need,
and you learn to trust him more. If youre not
expressing your needs to God, how can you grow in
trust? Thats the only way you learn.
God proves his goodness when you ask. But
you must wait patiently for Gods timing to
deliver. God often does not give immediate answers
because he wants to test your faith.
We learn to trust God by watching for the
many ways he meets our needs and answers our
prayers. This reminds us that God is reliable and can
be counted on. [Daily Devotional by Rick
Sometimes we find ourselves praying over
and over again with the same request. We know
that God hears us and has a plan based on his
wisdom, knowledge, and sovereignty, but we're still
waiting for an answer to our prayers. When God
doesn't seem to answer our prayers right away, we
naturally assume that the timing must not be right for
him to reveal his answer.
Our Father knows our needs. Our concerns,
big and small, matter to him, and he hears our
prayers and responds in his perfect timing. Jesus
reminds us that even a sinful earthly father would
never give his child a snake when he asks for a
fish, or a stone when his kid asks for bread.
As a father, I love giving my six kids
what they ask for. But sometimes I know better
than they do what they can handle or whether
they're even ready to receive it. If our human
parental instincts are loving and generous, then our
heavenly Father's must be beyond our imagination. God
always wants what's best for his children. We may
not get what we ask for, but we always get
what's in our best interests.
Your Father loves you and will give you
what you need.
Father God, I know that you hear my
prayers, even when I'm forced to wait patiently for
your answer. Today I will trust in you, knowing
that you always want what's truly best for me.
[Daily Power by Craig Groeschel re Matt. 7:9-11]
LINK FOR FURTHER STUDY ON THIS PASSAGE
If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in
hearing from you. Thanks in advance and let's keep
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred