I know, I know, that’s what Christians always say, but let me say it again.
Bring it before the Lord. Believe that Matthew 7:7 is true.
“Ask, and it will be given to you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and it will be opened to you.”
Consider these 3 points from this verse.
- ASK: *to request an answer to a question
- SEEK: *to search for something
- KNOCK: *to hit something in order to get people’s attention
When you prayed about your situation did you ask with anticipation of receiving an answer? Or did you pray because that’s what a good and faithful Christian is supposed to do?
A few weeks ago I asked Andy if we should put our two oldest in a baseball camp? I didn’t ask so that he could listen to my voice, and I also didn’t ask because I was going to do what I wanted to do regardless of his answer. I asked because I trust his judgement and needed his input when I was unsure. Do you believe the Lord has the answer and will reveal it if you bring your uncertainty before Him?
When you prayed, were you truly seeking?
With a little 4 year old girly-girl in our home we have lost a hair bow or two. (or 3 or 4!) We have spent time looking for them when she needs one to match an outfit, but if we can’t find the particular color bow we need , we give up, grab a white bow, and move on. BUT, if my diamond fell out of my wedding ring, you better believe that the kids and I would be on our hands and knees earnestly seeking what was lost! I recognize the importance of my jewel and am willing to spend all day on my knees if necessary, until I find what I am seeking. Do you treat your prayers the same way? Are you on your knees seeking Him, willing to remain until you hear from Him?
When you prayed did you knock?
When I go to visit a friend and arrive at her home I am not piddling around her driveway, kicking rocks, waving at the cars going by, hoping that my friend will happen to see me and open her door. Instead, I pull into the driveway, put my car in park, walk right up to her door and knock loudly knowing that she is waiting to receive me. Within a few short seconds the door is opened and I’m welcomed into her home. Are you wandering aimlessly with no real direction and no idea what to do? Or are you knocking on Heaven’s door talking with Him, singing praises to Him, and reading His Word in anticipation of being with Him.
A few years ago the kids and I memorized this wonderful Psalm and as I am reminded of these beautiful words it assures me that He is God, we were created by Him, we are His people, and the Lord is good.
Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
His truth endures to all generations.
The Bible tells us in Deuteronomy 31:6 not to be afraid, because the Lord will go with us, and will not leave us.
I have made decisions when I was uncertain and still question whether I “chose” correctly, but I rest in knowing that He is God (Psalm 100:3), and that the Lord is with me and will not leave me (Deut. 31:6).
Do you have decisions facing you this month, this week, this very hour?
Ask, Seek, and Knock.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
*Definitions from Merriam Webster On-line Dictionary