Today we have a guest blogger, Terri Nelson from “Little Treasures for Your Journey.” She’s sharing with our readers some devotional treasures from Matthew 7:7.
For bible bowl this year we are studying Matthew and the theme is:
How do you pray? Is it a repetitive prayer that sometimes lacks the heart behind the requests? Is it a quick dinnertime or a before bedtime, prayer. Maybe your prayer life is a continual conversation with God throughout your day. No matter how your prayer life unfolds, it is probably true that you sometimes get discouraged from time to time; feeling like God is not listening or answering your prayers (at least the way you had in mind.) Could it be you have been petitioning God for weeks, months or even years and you are not seeing the results you so desperately want to see? Rest assured my friend, God listens to His people. As you read through the Old Testament you will find it is mentioned how God listened to His people, and their sufferings. Exodus 3:7 says, “The Lord said,’ I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings.’“*
A sk (in prayer.)
S eek Him and His unchanging wisdom in the bible and be constant (in prayer.)
K nock so He will open the door on your intentions and you can pursue them (with prayer.)
God wants to hear from His children. If you are parents, you love it when your children, no matter their age, come to talk to you. When they do come to you and make requests, you do everything within reason, to do what you can to help them.
James 1:5 “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”
Phil. 4:19 “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
There are times you might say, “yes” and sometimes you might need to say “no” depending on the situation and the request made. That is what a good parent does. Your loving heavenly father gives you this example in the bible as He listens and councils His children when they approach Him and ASK.
God wants you to SEEK Him, and have a desire to know how to please Him. As parents you want your children to trust and respect you and what you think is best for them, God is no different. In SEEKING God’s will for your life and by studying His word, you will be better equipped to share His teachings with your children and those you might have influence on around you.
After the ASKING and the SEEKING it seems only natural that the KNOCKING would occur in an honest heart. The KNOCKING is the part of the process where you must now approach God showing Him the intent of your heart and proceed, showing what you have learned in the A.S.K. process.
It is kind of like in school you ASK the teacher, “What am I to do my research paper over? When he or she tells you then you SEEK out resources and gather information to put in your paper. The last step has to do with approaching the paper and showing the intent of the paper showing what you have gained from ASKING AND SEEKING.
There will never be a time when you can say, I have done enough, Asking, Seeking and Knocking. It is a continual action on our part as His children. Life will throw you plenty of opportunities to practice the A.S.K. method as you strive daily, weekly and yearly to please your heavenly father.
When my Emily was about three we walked into a teacher’s resource store. We were looking at the posters and of all of the posters to choose from, with puppies and flowers and cartoon characters, she chose this one.
I will leave you with this thought; when it comes to ASKING, SEEKING and KNOCKING, never, never, never give up!
Terri Nelson is from Minnesota and has lived there with her husband Doug for 22 years. They have two daughters, Kaitlyn (18) and Emily (14) and are all members of the Richfield Church of Christ in Richfield, MN. She has been blessed to be a stay at home mom, homeschooling their daughters until 4 years ago, and then transitioning them into online school. She is always looking for teachable moments with her girls and holding onto every moment with them. Terri teaches bible class, enjoys camping with her family and friends, blogging and photographing the people and places she loves. She has a deep passion to serve God to the best of her ability and to be a light for those around her. You can read more of Terri’s treasures at her blog “Little Treasures for Your Journey.”