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Ask, Seek, Knock

by J. M. Farro on August 2nd, 2010

Earlier today, I was talking to my husband, Joe, about our ongoing hot water problems, knowing that we had discussed this issue before, and were uncertain of what we should do. As I noticed the perplexed look on his face, I said, “Just pray about it, do some research, and trust God to show you what to do.” Later, I realized that my advice had been based largely on Jesus words in Matthew 7:7 (NIV), where He says: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

When we don’t know what to do in a situation, the Bible says we should “ask” God, or pray about it. It sounds like a simple thing, but often, it doesn’t even occur to us to pray about something, especially if it’s something minor. But the truth is, that if we neglect to pray about minor things, they can often turn into major things. God knows this, and that’s why He says “ask”!

Next, we are to “seek”. After we pray about something, and ask for God’s involvement, we usually still have a part to play. The Lord will often lead us to do some online research on the subject, or to read a book, or to ask someone who we think might have some knowledge in the matter. When we’re not exactly sure what our part is in the process, we shouldn’t hesitate to ask God what it is.

“Knocking” often means that when the answer is slow in coming, we continue to stay in faith and wait on God until we hear from Him. As we keep our petitions before the throne, and keep praising and thanking God for the answer, our faithful persistence will eventually be rewarded.

Are YOU asking, seeking, and knocking today about those matters that are on your heart?

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