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28 March 2011

Ask, Seek, Knock

5:02 PM Posted by steve flores , 7 comments
This post is a little long and I’ve tried to trim it down, but I couldn’t.  It might be a little controversial, so here it goes...Matthew 7:7-12
7 “Ask, and it will be given to you, seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! 12 “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

I’m looking for discussion.  If not discussion, then I’d love for you to process and wrestle with God's word.  I’ve done a little commentary searching and wonder if these verses have been used out of context more than a few times in my lifetime.  When I first read these verses they didn’t seem to fit in succession with the previous verses (Matthew 7:1-6, see older post), but then verse 12 tied it all in for me.  Is it possible Jesus wasn’t talking about me asking, seeking, and knocking at heaven’s door for my own personal needs (raise, pass the math test, good health, etc.)?  If that’s not what He was talking about, then what in the world am I talking about?  Come to your own conclusion.  Let me give you some info.

The Bible Exposition Commentary states (vv. 7-12), “Why did our Lord discuss prayer at this point in His message? These verses seem to be an interruption, but they are not. You and I are human and fallible; we make mistakes. Only God can judge perfectly. Therefore, we must pray and seek His wisdom and direction. “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God” (James 1:5). If we are to have spiritual discernment, we must keep on asking God, keep on seeking His will, keep on knocking at the door that leads to greater ministry. God meets the needs of His children.”

Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines states, “Why does Christ include this exhortation on prayer at this point in the sermon? Because it is so difficult for us, in our own power and wisdom, to obey the commands He has given. “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God,” says James 1:5, echoing what Jesus says here. The believer who seeks to obey the Word of God must constantly ask for strength, seek wisdom, and knock at God’s door for the supply of grace needed.”

Now, let me give you the Biblical context with the previous passage, Matthew 7:1-5, 7-12 (bolded for effect).
1Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye....
7 Ask, and it will be given to you, seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! 12 “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

Thoughts?  I’ll discuss mine, if you tell me yours.

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