Ask, Seek, Knock – Luke 11

            “Mommy!” ‘Mommy!” “MOMMY!” “MOOOOOOMMMMYYY!!!” I remember those days, the ones when my boys were younger and asked, begged, pleaded, cried, whined, and sulked for something they had seen on TV and just HAD to have right now. If it was something inexpensive and they’d been good, and it wasn’t bad for them, we would usually tell them they could have it, or that they needed to be patient because Christmas and birthdays were coming. They learned that if they asked and were patient and obedient they would get a lot of the tings they wanted, but always had the things they needed.

            In Luke 11:9-10 Jesus says, “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find;  knock and the door will be opened. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” Just as human parents want to give our children the best we can, “how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him.” (vs 13)

            What do you want from God? Are you not receiving the things for which you ask? James 4:3 says, “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you got on your pleasures.” Are you asking with selfish motives? Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” As we delight ourselves  in the Lord, His desires become ours and we will receive what we want most because it is what’s the best for us and what God wanted for us.

            I’ve heard of people saying that they need to “find themselves”, or that they are searching for the truth. If they truly are, they will find it. “Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on Him while He is near.” (Isaiah 55:6) “You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your hearts.” (Jeremiah 29:13) “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33) God will show Himself to them.

            Knock on the door of heaven and God will answer. He is knocking on your heart’s door and waiting for you to answer. Will you let Him in? “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with Me.” (Revelation 3:20)

            Keep asking God to give you what He deems best. Keep seeking His face. Keep knocking and when He knocks answer the door. He’s just waiting to show you how much He loves you!


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