“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. “You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.”
Matthew 7:7-11 NLT
The instruction Jesus gave is
3 simple steps:
The acronym (an abbreviation formed by the initial letters of the words) creates the word ASK.
God wants us to submit to Him as the giver of all things. He is the SOURCE of all things. Without Him, we are nothing!(see John 15:5). When we humbly, yet confidently come before Him (see Hebrews 4:16)
He is always accessible and available! He is never on another line, asleep, away from His desk, nor does He send us to voicemail! God wants us to come to Him for all things in life, no matter how menial or major.
Now, back to the three things: The three things we must do
are Ask, Seek, and Knock!
1. Ask - Asking requires a verbal conversation. We must, from our hearts (not our heads), in simple faith, ask God to do what we request. This is a heart action. Jesus said in Matthew 12 that the mouth speaks from the heart (see Matthew 12:34).
2. Seek - Seeking is a matter of desire, passion, and determination. How hungry and thirsty are you for Him? (see Matthew 5:6). If you are truly concerned about something you will seek for it. God wants us to seek for Him!!
“If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.”
Jeremiah 29:13 NLT
3. Knocking - Knocking is a physical act that moves our asking and seeking to another level. This is displaying our diligence. We know God is there, we know He hears us, we know our hearts are hungry for Him, and we are standing at the door of His will, persistently calling on Him. Our whole person (spirit, soul, and body) is set in order, in unison, to place our needs and desires before Him. We know we have come to the right place and we know He is able to do anything beyond our needs.
“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.”
Ephesians 3:20-21 NLT
When our lives are under His Lordship, and we are truly pursuing His heart, anything is possible!!!
Curtis R. Norris
Rev. Curtis Norris