Ask, Seek, Knock

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“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (Mat 7.7.) These are some of the greatest promises in Scripture. And Jesus gives them to us solely to encourage us to keep on asking, seeking, and knocking. You might wonder why we would need such encouragement, but it is clear that we do, or Jesus would not make such a point of giving it. When you think about it, we become discouraged and give up on asking, seeking, and knocking very easily. One of the main reasons is that we feel unworthy. Well, we are unworthy, but what does that have to do with it? We are unworthy of everything in the Christian life from start to finish. Jesus talks about the Father giving us “good gifts,” not good wages or good deserts (Mat 7.11). Another main reason we become discouraged and give up is that we fail to understand the importance of perseverance. Paul and James both identify perseverance as a key quality necessary to us becoming sons and daughters of God in the full sense of the word (Rom 5.3; James 1.2-4). As a result, the Father often delays in answering us precisely so that we will persevere and become more like Christ in the process. What this means is that it is not only of the Father’s love when he answers us with good gifts; it is equally of the Father’s love when he makes us wait. And when he makes us wait, he wants us to keep asking, keep seeking, keep knocking. I hope you enjoy the sermon. Thanks for listening. –Alan Burrow

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