January 5th 2017 [Day 5]
ASK SEEK KNOCK
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8 NIV UK
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. NLT
This verse always fascinates me, because in the first letters of each word in the English language: Ask Seek and Knock spells ASK! I always wonder if that’s coincidental or if it’s God’s sense of humor? But what is clear to me is how these verses:  fit into the context of the surrounding verses and  there are very definite conditions to fulfill!
Context: The disciples had asked Jesus to teach them to pray. They had obviously heard and seen Him pray and get wonderful answers to those prayers and I guess they wanted to know what His secret formula was? So He teaches them His outline for prayer which has now been termed as “the Lord’s prayer!” He then goes on to use an illustration to teach them that they need to keep on praying and not give up till the answer comes. This is called importunity. The illustration tells of a man who has a very present need and he goes to his friend’s house late at night to ask help from his friend. This first man has a need and his friend has the wherewithal to answer that need, but at first he won’t. So the first man keeps asking and seeking ways to get his friend to answer the door. Lastly he keeps on knocking till the friend gets fed up and gives him what he wants. God is not like that friend, there are however principles to prayer. Jesus gives us then another teaching principle of a father who will not let his child go without, but will only give the child what is best for them. So:
 God does sometimes answer our prayers immediately and sometimes He doesn’t.  The answer may be in someone else’s hand and they may not be in a place where they are ready to loose it and until they are ready to loose it, you’ll have to keep praying till they do!  The devil may be opposing you because what you ask for may interfere with his strategy so you’ll need to get a breakthrough. And  What you think is a fish may really be a snake and it will bite you or you think it’s bread and it’s a stone which will bust your mouth. God knows what’s best for us and so at times He’ll say YES, NOT YET or even NO!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Abba. I thank you that Jesus taught is how we ought to pray. He taught us what it means and how at times we need to keep on keeping on praying, ans He taught us that though a natural father who is sinful will give good gifts to his children, how much more will you? nevertheless, you will only give us what is helpful, right and good for us. Thank you. Amen.