“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 he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”
Matthew 7:7-8, NIV
The constant asking, seeking, and knocking, Jesus tells us to do, reveals something very important about us. When we constantly ask, seek, and knock, we reveal that we see the Father as the One who can supply our needs, reveal our path, and open closed doors. Asking, seeking and knocking reveals our true opinion of God.
The absence of asking, seeking, and knocking is a sure sign I do not see God as the solution. It is a sign I am off looking for solutions elsewhere.
When we have come to a place where we have no answers, no direction, and no door-opening power, we should ask ourselves a serious question – “Have I stopped asking, seeking, and knocking as Jesus said I should?”
Sometimes we look at a situation and we cannot even begin to find answers, paths or power. That does not mean God has run out of answers, directions, or power. We may have decided He has no more interest in our situation, but Jesus said to ask, seek, and knock.
Some good questions to ask in difficult times are: What does God make of this? What can God make of this? The important thing is not what we make of things but what God makes of things.
For example, the disciples of Jesus saw a huge crowd and a boy with five loaves and two fishes. They did not even bother to ask God what He could make of them. Jesus took the loaves and fishes and asked in prayer. The rest is history.
Never, never, never stop asking, seeking, and knocking. To stop is to say God cannot make something of what we face. He can. He will. Just ask!
QUESTION: When was the last time you just asked and asked and asked? Do you see that as a waste of time?