Bible Ballistics: BBs #299 Ask, Seek And Knock. Really???
“And I say unto you,
and it shall be given you;
and ye shall find;
and it shall be opened unto you.
10 For every one that asketh
and he that seeketh
and to him that knocketh
it shall be opened.
11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father,
will he give him a stone?
or if he ask a fish,
will he for a fish give him a serpent?
12 Or if he shall ask an egg,
will he offer him a scorpion?
13 If ye then, being evil,
know how to give good gifts
unto your children:
how much more shall your heavenly Father
give the Holy Spirit
to them that ask him?” Luke 11 9-13
This familiar passage is often misunderstood as a ‘blank check’ to believers, rather than a call to a focus on GOD rather than self! Who or what are we seeking? Are we seeking God, His will, and His way, with a heart willing and ready to hear, obey and follow HIM by His “Holy Spirit”? That is the point—HIS “Holy Spirit” to answer, reveal and open with the right answers, in the right time and place!!!
“But without faith it is impossible to please him:
for he that cometh to God
must believe that he is,
and that he is a rewarder
of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6
“Seek ye the Lord
while he may be found,
call ye upon him
while he is near:” Isaiah 55:6
God calls us to Himself, that we can heed His call, when we believe in His Son. He calls us to be focused and attuned to HIS will—the will of The Father, and The Son, seeking to please HIM!!! We are not called to enhance our will by the power of God, but by the “power of God” to enhance the lives of others, and the opportunities and influence that He gives to each of us. Today is the day of Salvation—not tomorrow, and ‘today’ is the day of faithful service not the self-absorbing prosperity mindset of many. Our focus is to be God-centered, not self-centered.
“(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)” 2 Corinthians 6:2
We are to ask, seek and knock on whatever questions, confusion or doors lay before us. We are to share the Good News of God’s grace and salvation at every opportunity!
“Ho, every one that thirsteth,
come ye to the waters,
and he that hath no money;
come ye, buy, and eat; yea,
come, buy wine and milk
and without price.
2 Wherefore do ye spend money
for that which is not bread?
and your labour
for that which satisfieth not?
hearken diligently unto me,
and eat ye that which is good,
and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
3 Incline your ear,
and come unto me:
and your soul shall live;
and I will make an everlasting covenant
even the sure mercies of David.” Isaiah 55:1-3
We aren’t to seek the things of the world, which never satisfy, we are to seek, ask and knock for the things of God—the things which God will give freely to all who seek HIM. Just as Jesus told Nicodemus:
“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
15 That whosoever believeth in him
should not perish,
but have eternal life.
16 For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish,
but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world
to condemn the world;
but that the world
might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him
is not condemned:
but he that believeth not
is condemned already,
because he hath not believed
in the name
of the only begotten Son of God.
19 And this is the condemnation,
that light is come into the world,
and men loved darkness
rather than light,
because their deeds
20 For every one that doeth evil
hateth the light,
neither cometh to the light,
lest his deeds
should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth
cometh to the light,
that his deeds may be made manifest,
that they are wrought in God.” John 3:14-21
So we must choose—dark or light!! We can come to Jesus and receive life and light, or—we can go for our own way, we can seek our own way, we can knock down that door for selfish gain or we can:
“Seek ye the Lord while he may be found”
We can keep on doing that “self” thing, and fail:
“…ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts….” (See James 4:1-7)
So you choose, what will you ask for? What will you seek? What doors will you knock on (or knock down)? Here are a few passages to help you choose.
“After this manner therefore pray ye:
which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done in earth,
as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day
our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power,
and the glory,
for ever. Amen.” Matthew 6:9-13
Get it? THY kingdom come, THY will be done!!! In all things, THY will be done—even as Jesus Himself prayed.
“….and kneeled down, and prayed, 42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” Luke 22:41b-42
We can follow the example of Jesus and “ask……seek…and …..knock”, pursuing God’s will, God’s ways and God’s purposes, rather than our own! He does hear and He does answer!!!
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:” 1 John 5:14
Amen and Amen