This is the 12th post in the series. To read the introduction and for all the posts, click HERE.
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; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8
Albert Barnes’ has this to say about asking, seeking and knocking: Ask, and it shall be given you … – There are here three different forms presented of seeking the things which we need from God – asking, ‘seeking, and knocking. The latter is taken from the act of knocking at a door for admittance. (See Luke 13:25; Revelation 3:20. )The phrases signify to seek with earnestness, diligence, and perseverance. The promise is, that what we seek shall be given us. It is of course implied that we seek with a proper spirit, with humility, sincerity, and perseverance. It is implied, also, that we ask the things which it may be consistent for God to give – that is, things which he has promised to give, and which would be best for us, and most for his own honor, 1 John 5:14. Of that God is to be the judge. And here there is the utmost latitude which a creature can ask. God is willing to provide for us, to forgive our sins, to save our souls, to befriend us in trial, to comfort us in death, to extend the gospel through the world. Man “can” ask no higher things of God; and these he may ask, assured that he is willing to grant them.
❤ Heart questions to ponder:
Do I see prayer (and am I teaching my children to see prayer) as a time of fellowship with God?
Am I teaching my children to cry out to the Father for urgent needs?
Am I setting an example to my children of total dependence on God and trusting Him to meet every need?
Are my requests in agreement with God’s will and I have laid aside my own will?
How am I teaching my children to persevere in prayer by seeking and knocking for God’s provision?
What answered prayers can I share with my children?