Such simple instructions

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)

Such simple instructions. Really, when you think about it. Jesus came right to the point. If you believe, these things will happen. The precept of this Scripture is these things will happen when you pray.

Matthew Henry, great commentator, wrote:

Ask “Pray; pray often; pray with sincerity and seriousness; pray, and pray again; make conscience of prayer, and be constant in it; make a business of prayer, and be earnest in it. Ask, as a beggar asks alms. Ask represent your wants and burdens to God, and refer yourselves to Him for support and supply, according to His promise. Ask as a traveler asks the way; to pray is to enquire of God.” I believe in having an attitude of prayer where prayer or at least the knowledge of opportunity to pray is always existent.

Seek Seek as for a thing of value that we have lost, or as the merchant man that seeks goodly pearls. Seek by prayer” Seek as Matthew Henry suggests. Seek as if what was lost is the most important thing in your life.

KnockKnock as he that desires to enter into the house knocks at the door. We would be admitted to converse with God, would be taken into His love, and favor, and kingdom; sin has shut and barred the door against us; by prayer, we knock; Lord, Lord, open to us. Christ knocks at our door.” “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” (Revelation 3:20 NKJV)

Friend, Jesus is ready to answer your prayers. He desires to pour out His love and favor. Prayer is the key. A prayerful life is the key. Prayer offers believers a means of acknowledging the character and purposes of God and the opportunity to seek guidance concerning His will for them. Prayer is a conversation. That’s what it is. And conversation must be two-way. As you seek God in prayerful conversation, He will hear you and respond to you. What else do you need to know? The Word of God says, “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” (Mark 11:24 NKJV) Pray – Believe – Receive. Hallelujah!

Dear God, thank You that when we ask, You give. When we seek, we find. And when we knock, You open the door. Thank You God that Your Word is faithful and all we need to do is believe. God, prayer is simply a conversation with You. May we grow in our faith as we Ask, Seek, and Knock. In Jesus Name. AMEN

Don’t believe me, believe God!

Colossians 1:9 NKJV – Praying God’s Word

“For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.”

I think it is very important to use God Word as a guide to prayer. If you think about it, why wouldn’t we want to do that? We can pray using the promises of God as the center of our petitions, thereby knowing that God is already in the center of our prayers. If we have a need, something that we are lacking but know that it is a need and not a “want”, we can pray that God promises to supply “all of our need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus”. (Phil 4:19 NKJV). If we want wisdom and understanding for a decision we need to make, we can pray the promise that “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”. (James 1:5 NKJV) Jesus Himself said, “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.” (Matt 7:7-8 NKJV)

But my absolute favorite is found in Colossians, Chapter 1, verses 9-14 NKJV. The apostle Paul’s prayer to the believers in Colossae. “For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.”

Isn’t this a grand prayer? Would it not be incredible to be the recipient of this prayer? Let me challenge you. The next time you are thinking of someone that you would like to pray for, but can’t seem to find the right words, why not pray the prayer of Paul to the Colossians. Just insert the person’s name in the appropriate place.

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word. Thank You for the promises given in Your Word that we can use to be the center of our prayers for others. Holy Spirit, You gave us a roadmap to our lives and to our prayers when You authored God’s Word. Thank You, Holy Spirit. Help us to keep Your Word in our hearts for that time when we need it to petition You on behalf of others. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!