Command of Christ # 17

Hello! This week's command is to 'Ask, Seek, Knock.' Jesus said, "Ask and it shall be given you, seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you. For everyone that asketh receiveth, and he that seeketh findeth, and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened" (Matthew 7:7-8).

This command is talking about prayer and shows that God wants us to pray to Him. I once heard that the average Christian prays for about 3 or 4 minutes a day. That is a very sad statement. God desires us to come to Him in prayer and seek His hand for what we need. God often times gives us needs and trials so that we come to Him in humility. However, we often fill our 3-4 minutes with mindless prayers or even selfish requests, not considering that God is desiring to commune with us personally. So how do we come to God and ask Him in a Biblical way? The Bible speaks a lot about prayer, here are some important points to consider when we ask, seek, or knock:

-If we want our prayers to be powerful, we need to be right with God. "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much" (James 5:16).

-We are to ask in faith. Meditate on the incredible greatness of our God and realize that He is able to move mountains if we have faith in His ability.

-Ask according to His will. It is hard to always know what God's will is, but there are things that we can be sure are His will and as we study His Word and know Him more, we can discern what we should pray for. For example, you may not know whether it is God's will for someone to be healed, but you do know that God should get the glory. So you could pray that whatever happens, God would be glorified in a powerful way. "And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He heareth us: and if we know that He heareth us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him" (I John 5:14-15).

-After we ask, we should be 'doing.' God wants us to ask, but also to seek; we are to be looking for God's answer to our prayer. We are also to knock, which means to 'rap.' We should be persistent in our petitions, knowing they are according to God's will. This sequence of asking, seeking, and knocking is seen in the life of a missionary James Fraser. He cried out to God for many Chinese people to come know Christ as Savior. He felt confident that God had answered His prayer, but it was yet to come to fruition. So he sought (meaning he did something), he didn't just sit around waiting for Chinese villagers to beg him to tell them the Gospel. He poured out his life to get the Gospel to people. Even though he knew God had answered his prayer, he continued to knock. He still was fervent in prayer and continually going to God for his needs and on the behalf of the Chinese people. The result was that thousands of Chinese came to know Christ and started many churches in China. Praise the Lord.

A young girl really wanted a kitten and continued to beg her mom for one. The mother told her daughter that if she wanted a kitten she should ask God for one, and if God gave her a kitten she could keep it. So the little girl happily went outside and started praying in her front yard. Her mother watched her daughter praying in the yard and moments later saw a small kitten fall out of the sky right into their yard! With glee the girl picked up the kitten and ran to show her mother what God had sent. Her mother could not believe what she had just seen!
A few days later the mother was at the store buying cat food when she saw her neighbour in line. He didn't know they had a cat and asked if they had gotten one. She proceeded to tell him the story and he looked at her in amazement. He then told her what he had been doing that very day...As he was outside he noticed a tiny kitten in a tree in his yard. The kitten was stuck and he could not reach it to get the cat down. He decided that he would tie a rope to the tree and to his truck so that the truck could bend the tree enough for him to reach the cat. He drove the truck just far enough to reach the cat and hurriedly jumped out to fetch him, but before he had time to reach the tree, the rope snapped, flinging the tree and sending the kitten flying into the air...

Be assured that God hears our prayers and is delighted to answer when we are asking in faith and humility! Ask for BIG things from God, seek after what He has given, and be diligent in going to Him.

-Do I see times of prayer as times of fellowship with God?
-Are my prayers fervent or mindless?
-Am I asking according to God's will or based on my own desires?

"If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you" (John 15:7).

Notes adapted form IBLP's Commands of Christ journal and pocket guide.

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