7th November 2019

Ask, Seek, Knock

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”
Matthew 7:7-8 (NKJV)

There are certain things God gives to us without asking Him. We did not ask for life, but God gave it to us through His foreknowledge and predestined purpose. He also made provision for the air we breath, the food we eat and water we drink—all very essential to preserve life.

In His model prayer, Jesus included that we ask for our daily bread, ask for forgiveness and so forth. God our Father is willing to give us all good things, just as human parents provide good things for their children. There are many needs we can ask for, but one very precious gift is the Holy Spirit. As we read in Luke 11:13 “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” We are to be renewed in our inward man day by day, because without the Holy Spirit, we cannot produce the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control (Galatians 5:22-23).

Another vital gift we can ask for is wisdom. James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” Further on in James 3:17, he says “And the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.” We all need it.

Many a time God does not give us every thing we ask for, because they can be harmful. At times we ask amiss and not according to the will of God. Even as human parents are careful in what they give to their children, even though they cry out their lungs. It is very important that when we make petition with supplications, we have to remember to ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Saviour. He said in John14:13-14, “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”

Naturally I asked God to guide me and inspire me to write this Day by Day to edify and encourage the readers. We have to be persistent like the widow who kept asking the unjust judge to avenge her adversary. The account is in Luke 18:3, and he obliged eventually. So keep asking, seeking and knocking, for that is our responsibility as the children of God.

Prayer
Abba, Father, You gave us life without our asking, reconciling us to You through the death of Your Son, Jesus. I ask in Jesus’ name to help me to worship You, obey You, adore and love You with all my being, having reverence as I stand in awe before Your throne.
Amen

Study by Natu Moti
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About the Author:
Natu Moti is a Deacon in the Birmingham Congregation of Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Birmingham
All Saints Church
George Road
BIRMINGHAM
B23 7QB

Meeting Time:
Saturday 1pm

Local Congregational Contact:
David Gibbs
Phone: 07777-667635
Email: birmingham@gracecom.church

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