Ask.Seek.Knock.

 

 

 

This is the time of year when many young kids are encouraged to pray to an idol rather than God.


 

 

With Christmas just a day away, children all over the world are asking “Santa” to meet their needs and make their dreams come true. As believers, we might deem this tradition to be ludicrous (and IT IS) but how much more ludicrous is it for us to  refrain from asking the ONE true God to meet our needs?

And, for those who do ask God in prayer, how diligent is your intercession?

Christ preached diligence in prayer (luke 18). He modeled this. So often…I stop with just the “asking”. My efforts are sometimes pathetic….lost in the mud of weak faith.

In Matthew 7, Christ taught that his disciples should press on pass the “asking”. He expected them to…

Ask, Seek and Knock.

This is how we ought to pursue God in prayer. Boldness upon boldness.

The wise men who visited Christ in His childhood were a prototype of this. Their journey exemplified the kind of diligence that should mark our prayers.

 

 

 

1. Wise men will…ask

“Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him” (Matthew 2:2)


These wise men – pagan astrologers from the East – came to Jerusalem asking strange questions. But why?? Why were they asking for the whereabouts of a young boy in a foreign country? What motivated such a strange question?

Answer: they wanted to worship Him

“…we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him

This is my first point. To pray as God wants us to… our asking must be motivated, foremost, by a desire to worship Him. To ask without a desire to worship is to pray in error.

My friend…without a heart of worship…without a heart that says “hallowed be thy name”…do not expect to receive anything from God.

“In this manner, therefore, pray: our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name” (Matthew 6:9)

 

 

 

2. Wise men will…seek

“And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. So, they said to him, ” In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet”…Then Herod… sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child… when they heard the King, they departed” (Matthew 6:4 -9)


These wise men departed from Jerusalem, searching for Christ in Bethlehem. But, How did they know Christ was to be born in Bethlehem??

Answer: It was promised in God’s word

“So, they said to him, ” In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet…” (Matthew 2:5)

Okay, here’s the second point. In our times of intercession, we should seek for scriptures in God’s word that will lead us in prayer. There are hundreds of promises pertaining to the Messiah in scripture. But, only one verse links the birth to Bethlehem (Micah 5:2).

That’s pretty specific.

The wise men needed that one specific scripture/promise to be led in the right direction. Likewise, child of God, there are many promises in the Bible that pertain to YOU. Do you know which specific verses pertain to the trial that you’re going though right now?? Have you been seeking for a specific promise in God’s WORD to lead you?

 

 

 

3. Wise Men will…knock

“And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother…And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him” gold, frankincense, and myrrh”


Apparently, the wise men were greeted by Mary and Joseph with open arms. These guests seemed to walk right inside that humble abode without any opposition whatsoever. That’s odd to me. How many mothers do you know would be open to the idea of three strangers entering their home to see their young child?

None.

Yes, the Jews were widely known for their hospitality to strangers but it was only to other Jews…not eastern pagans. What made Mary and Joseph drop their guard upon hearing these gentiles knocking at their door??

Answer: the wise men brought gifts

My last point. God is all-sufficient. He has no needs; therefore, He needs nothing from us. However, he does delight when we come to him in prayer, bringing gifts. What kind of gifts?? The gift of faith. In whatever measure of faith that you have received from the Father, give it right back to Him in prayer. Believe that He is who He claims to be and a rewarder of all who seek Him diligently. Are you knocking on the door of God’s heart with the gift of faith?

 

 

* Family of God, lets step up our game…no more interceding without worship, faith and scripture. No more lame-duck prayers that just ricochet off the bedroom ceiling…lol *

 

ASK – Ask God from a heart of worship

SEEK – Seek for specific promises in scripture to lead you

KNOCK- Knock on the Lord’s heart, bringing the gift of faith



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One Response to “Ask.Seek.Knock.”
  1. Tasha G says:

    Another great post and so true… faith is a free gift, given to us from our Father, whom we should freely and whole heartedly give back to him. Because he is love and loved us first. So much so that he gave his only begotten son our saviour and lord Jesus Christ to pay the price for our sins. This is definitely something for us to remember especially as we approach Christmas time again. A.S.K

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