In this portion of Scripture, we’re told to do three things: ASK, SEEK, and KNOCK! Isn’t it interesting that ASK comes before the other two? I wonder why? Let’s find out.
Some of you are parents, right? Who am I kidding – all of you are parents – I’m the weirdo with no kids. Sigh. Anyway, let’s say your child wanted something from the ice cream truck. The music sounds as if it’s getting closer and closer… the pressure’s on to grab a dime – or, probably a dollar these days! But – you’d like for your child to actually ASK PERMISSION for the ice cream before going out to see how close the truck is to the house – wouldn’t you? It’s at the very least common courtesy and respectful to parents.
God’s our Parent… He’s our Heavenly Father. Apply the same scenario to Him. Well of course we’re not going to ask for ice cream. At least I don’t think we will. But before we seek anything in this life, we should pray about it. We may seek a job, a spouse, a house, a mouse or a new car. God cares about where you are and what you want in life. He wants to be included in your decision-making. Actually, He wants to be instrumental in your decision-making! He can straighten paths… I mean – He is so creative that way! He’s the Creator of the universe and everything – so yeah – He is creative!
Once we have ASKED, we SEEK. That is when God does such cool stuff. I don’t want to make it sound like a name and claim because I don’t believe that way. I just mean that circumstances can turn on a dime and you know without a doubt it’s because you ASKED before you SOUGHT. God is God and if the desire of your heart is within His sovereign will – He wants it for you. He works on my behalf. He works on your behalf. If God is for us, who can be against us! Amen!!!
So we have SOUGHT. Now it’s time to KNOCK!!! Don’t knock like a timid little door-to-door sales rep his first day on the job. Knock like a BOSS and radiate with confidence! Why are you confident? Because you have ASKED and SOUGHT. You know in your heart that God is already where you are and preparing everything to work for your good! You serve a God who not only knows the past and the present – He knows your FUTURE as well. What calm assurance and confidence that gives me! I’ve gotten through many job interviews by reviewing all these facts in my mind.
When we knock… the door will be opened! Now, sometimes things don’t go exactly the way we imagine. But keep in mind that just because I didn’t get that particular job… God is already in my future – so He knows which job I should have! HE knows! That’s good enough for me!
Last week we started making spiritual cookies. I’m not going to explain it all again – if you want to refresh your memory, take a look at last week’s post. We used God’s special sifter to sift the special flour of strength into the dough. Today we’re going to add a few chocolate chips to make our cookies sweet!
Dear Lord, We know that Martin Luther advises us to use fewer words for a better prayer, so today we simply ask “Father, may I?” May I please have sincerity that comes from You? May I please have some chocolate chips in my spiritual cookies to make me sweeter? We ASK for this most important of ingredients in Jesus’ precious and matchless name, Amen.
We’ve ASKED. Now we SEEK then KNOCK. Don’t be scared. God’s already there!
I have a special treat for you today. My friend and Christian brother, John Minton, just made a new You Tube video! Yay! Just in time for Mother’s Day! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Have a BLESSED week! 🙂