Ask, Seek, and Knock
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.Matthew 7:7
This verse implies that we are to be strongly motivated to seek God. Sometimes we may not see the Lord in our lives, but we know from scripture that he is always with us. We must ask, seek, and knock to realize his presence. Do we pursue the Lord as much as he pursues us? How much effort do we put toward being close to the Lord as we go through our days? Do we pray, commune with him, ask for his guidance and help, quote scripture, read the Word, and praise and thank him?
Come near to God and he will come near to you (James 4:8). How do we come near to the Lord? It starts with our thoughts being guided through the Spirit and having a heart that realizes that we exist to serve the Lord and to be a light for Christ in this world. Living as the Lord’s servants with hearts filled with praise and thankfulness will keep us close to the Lord. Seeking God through meditation reveals a heart that is asking, seeking, and knocking. A heart that is close to God is asking for divine understanding, seeking to hear his words, and it is a heart that is moving our souls into the kingdom. No one will say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’; because the Kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21).
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:13). The Lord is pleased with those who seek him with all their hearts. We seek the Lord with our hearts, focusing on knowing him, understanding his ways, understanding his love, and serving him. But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the Lord your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.” The prophet told King Saul that obedience is what pleases God. Obedience shows our love, because it shows that we trust the Lord to guide our lives as we live as his servants, knowing that he is the Master. Nothing will draw us closer to the Lord more than a heart that seeks to serve him. A serving heart for the Lord is asking, seeking, and knocking, because a serving heart depends on the Lord.
Today depend on the Lord and seek his wisdom and love. Know that the Lord is seeking to be close to you and to guide you through the day with his love and divine power. Trust the Lord, and live today as the Lord’s servant, knowing that you are pleasing to him.
Let’s Pray: Lord I want to be closer to you today, to understand your ways, and to walk in your divine wisdom. Thank you for your desire to be with me and to guide me through this day. Help me to hear your voice through the Spirit and to walk in your divine will. In Jesus name, Amen