Monday, February 11, 2013

asking seeking and knocking ... again.

inspiration: tonight's message at theWell.

i'm not well-versed in spiritual gifts.
but i can pretty much with all boldness say that my spiritual gift is NOT prophecy.
i've never been one to say "i feel like God is going to move in this way" in my life.
but, God gave me a strong sense that 2013 would be a year of prayer and dreaming...
...and God never goes back on a promise ;)


for what feels like the hundredth time this year, i heard a message on Matthew 7:7-11:
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 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! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

asking, seeking, and knocking.
three verbs that i guess God wants to get through my thick skull! ;)

tonight, Ernest taught about what these three verbs represent:

  • Asking is an act of humility
  • Seeking is an act of responsibility
  • Knocking is an act of perseverance
as i reflect on the three verbs and the three corresponding adjectives, i can't help but be amazed at how i would easily use the three adjectives to describe myself, yet, when it comes to my prayer life, i have trouble putting the verbs into practice.

i've learned many times how to humble myself before others and before Christ (i've also been humbled in light of pride), take responsibility for the things God has blessed me with (job, finances, relationships, etc) and when i set my mind on a goal (i.e. running), i'm quick to persevere to get from Point A to Point B no matter the cost.

but when it comes to my prayer life, i ask for "easy" things because i'm afraid to pray boldly. i don't seek because i don't know what i'm looking for. i knock once or twice or maybe three times, but then right it off as "not God's will" when it doesn't happen.

maybe you're in the same boat as me - and maybe we can spur one another along in prayer.
maybe you're a true prayer warrior - maybe you can spur me on in prayer.

but no matter where you are, put the verbs into practice. and i am going to try as well.
ask, seek, and knock because you know that God never backs down from a promise!
He loves us and longs to give His children good gifts - but we have to ask, seek, and knock in order to receive!

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