Matthew 7:7, 8 - In Prayer We Ask, Seek and Knock to Receive, Find and Open.

Matthew 7:7, 8 (ESV) Ask, and it will be 
given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and 
it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks 
receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one 
who knocks it will be opened.  


Trust the Timing
   Can you think of a time in your life when 
you acted impulsively and came to regret it? 
   Maybe you bought a car or a house on an 
impulse, and now youre sorry you did so. Maybe you 
signed a contract that you didnt read carefully 
or entered into a business deal that you should 
have considered more. Or maybe you made a 
marriage commitment that you didnt bring before 
the Lord in prayer, and you have regretted 
   Ive come to discover that Gods 
timing is just as important as Gods will. 
   There are times when we pray about 
something and God says no. But that doesnt 
necessarily mean that His answer always will be no. It 
means that is His answer for now. So dont give 
up. That is why the Bible tells us to keep 
asking, keep seeking, and keep knocking (see Matthew 
   On the other hand, there are certain 
things we may ask God to do, and He always will say 
no. Those are things that are in direct 
opposition to what the Bible teaches. 
   In the Book of Exodus, we find a story 
about a man of God who had bad timing. If he were 
in a race, he would be the guy who comes out of 
nowhere to take the lead and then suddenly 
self-destructs. His name was Moses. 
   If we were to draw up a short list of 
people whom God has used in a powerful way, 
certainly Moses would be at the top. He was Moses, the 
great lawgiver and the man who, through his 
personal godliness and integrity, kept three million 
people from turning to idolatry. But perhaps the 
best description of all is this one: Moses the 
man of God. 
   Yet Moses was a bit on the impulsive 
side. Even though Pharaohs daughter had adopted 
him and raised him in the royal household, Moses 
knew who he was. He was a true believer in the 
Lord God. Underneath those Egyptian robes of 
royalty beat the heart of a Hebrew. 
   Moses heart was in the right place, 
but his actions were foolhardy, to say the 
least. He took action, and it was the worst mistake 
of his life. 
   In Exodus 2 we read, Many years later, 
when Moses had grown up, he went out to visit his 
own people, the Hebrews, and he saw how hard 
they were forced to work. During his visit, he 
saw an Egyptian beating one of his fellow 
Hebrews. After looking in all directions to make sure 
no one was watching, Moses killed the Egyptian 
and hid the body in the sand (verse 11-12 
   Clearly God did not tell Moses to do 
this. Moses looked in all directions, but he 
should have looked up. If he had done that, God 
would have said no. 
   Sometimes we want the will of God, but we 
will go about it in our own way. God wants us to 
do His will in His way in His time. [Greg 
Laurie from Harvest Ministries; 


Matthew 7:7, 8 - In Prayer We Ask, Seek and 
Knock to Receive, Find and Open. 



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