One Day, One Verse…
ASK, SEARCH, 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
If we think we can live according to the teachings of Jesus in our own strength, we have not grasped the supernatural character of the life to which the Lord calls us.
The wisdom and power necessary for such a life can only be given to us from above (Col 3:1).
This is why, here, the Lord invites us to ASK, and to ask with perseverance, to SEEK, and always to seek, to KNOCK, and to knock with perseverance. Wisdom and power to live the Christian life will be given to all who sincerely and relentlessly pray.
Verses 7 and 8 (of Matthew 7), taken out of context, could make believe that Christians have blank checks that would allow them to receive everything they ask for! It is obviously necessary. These verses must be interpreted in their immediate context and in the light of all biblical teaching on prayer.
So what seems to be an unconditional promise here will find limits in other passages. Thus, Psalms 66 v 18 specifies that he who prays must not harbor in his heart an unconfessed sin.
The Christian must pray with faith (James 1:6-8) and conform to the will of God (1John 5:14), he must pray with insistence (Luke 18:1-8) and with sincerity (Heb 10:22a ).
Those who take pleasure in sin have no hope of seeing God answer their prayer. God wants us to stay away from sin. Only then will he answer us, as a father does for his son (1 John 3:22 “Whatever we ask, we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and that we do what is pleasing to him.”)
My beloved ones in the Lord effective prayer life is linked to our dedication to God. Obeying, loving and pleasing God are prerequisites for our prayers to be answered (Isa 59:1-2; Ro 12:1-2; Mr 11:25; Eph 5:10-11).
Stay blessed in his grace!
Pst Antonio LUKEBADIO
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