Matt 7:7, "Ask and it shall be given to you; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you".
When a believer submits to the Lord… Jesus Christ expects the believer to ask, to knock and to seek. To 'ask' is to make a request for someone to do/give something (King Solomon asked for wisdom: 2 Chronicles 1:10). To 'knock' is a sudden short sound caused by a loud blow on a door, for eg., to attract attention/gain and to 'seek' is an attempt/desire to obtain/achieve something according to dictionary.com.
Each of the terms above has one common thread – the act of making one’s request known. How does the physical Christian believer really knock when there’s no physical door? We do all 3 through prayer and the studying of the word of God. And, yes, there is a door, (John 10:9), “I am the door, by me, if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture”. However, even though as saved individuals, Christian believers, we are given free access to go in and out and, find pastures – resources: food, clothing, whatsoever is needed to sustain/maintain your spiritual & physical wellbeing. But our God pays attention to details. Hannah was unable to bear children. Elkanah’s, other wife, Peninnah, ridiculed her; Hannah wept & prayed to God for a MALE child. When the Lord remembered her (1 Sam 1:19-20), she brought forth a son.
We are urged to be specific in our asking & more over not to ask amiss (James 4:3) “Ye ask and receive not because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your own lusts” so brethren & friends, be careful what and how you are asking. Yes, God pays attention to details. Twenty-four (24) years ago, I was on my way to Virginia and due to weight constraints, I removed several things including my red soap dish. After 3 days of arriving at my destination in Virginia, I thought to myself, “I do need my soap dish and a kettle”. By the following morning, there was a sharp knock at my door, it was another visitor there saying to me, “The Lord told me to get you a soap dish and a kettle”. I had not disclosed my thoughts that previous night to anyone. The brother came back with an electric kettle and a red soap dish, identical in color and style as the one I left behind. Yes, the Lord does pay attention to details, my friends. Whatsoever you will ever need is in God. He is more than able to provide, protect and preserve all that pertains unto His own – you & me.
He is a great Father (Rom 8:15). (Gal 4:1-7). I need all of you to remember to sincerely ask God for things when you pray and don’t ask amiss- amiss there meaning inappropriate/out of place. For instance, asking God to kill your enemy/someone who did you wrong. Ask for things within the parameters of God’s will. How do you know His will? Through reading/studying His word – the Bible.
So, we will ask, knock and we will seek Him and when we do, we will watch the attention He pays to the details of our requests. (Luke 11:13) “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 give him a serpent? Or if he ask an egg, will he give him a scorpion? If ye then being evil know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the H/S to them that ask Him? This is another example of asking of Him and being specific in your asking. There is no doubt God knows your needs to the finest detail and finds great pleasure in giving you what you ask/knock/seek to obtain from the abundance of His kingdom (Luke 12:32).
Abba Father, indeed, we are delighted that through your son, Jesus Christ, you will give us what we ask, knock or seek from the abundance of the treasures of your eternal kingdom. Thank you Adonai. Hear us from your holy mountain when we come boldly to thee to knock, or ask, or seek thee. Please open our minds, increase our faith and delight our souls with the miracles from your gracious hands, O Abba Father, sustain us in your will so we can delight ourselves in Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.