7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
What a powerful encouragement that I have found to be so true in life. What I find most intriguing is that these actions come from a desire within. It is important to keep our desires in line with what God desires! The opposite statements could be made to illustrate how important this passage is too. Those who do not ask will not receive. Those who do not seek will not find. Those who do not knock will not have the door opened to them. I find such encouragement in this passage to pray, read scripture and glorify God.
Jesus then talks about how earthly fathers (and mothers) are willing to give and provide good gifts. Then He delivers a rhetorical question in the form of an exclamation! Of course our Father In heaven gives good gifts to those who ask him! God is overflowing, abundant love: he is the creator and sustainer of all things. So, then what should we do about it? Jesus beautifully states the golden rule, that in everything you do, do to others what you would have them do to you. Amen!
Lord, thank you that you are a God of action. Thank you for your abundant, ceaseless love that seeks us like a shepherd searches his sheep. Help us to remember that we have Your image on us, and to ask You, seek You and knock on the door that You will open. Help us to love our neighbours in all we do. In your precious name, Jesus.
Written by Sven Bessesen