Often times when I talk to God He will reveal things to me.
A couple nights ago, I talked to Him about one of my favorite scriptures asking, seeking, and knocking, and He revealed something that makes so much sense to me.
But I had never seen the scripture in this light before.
Many of you are probably familiar with the fact this year I want to work on incorporating the community more which connected with my desire to work on praying daily, consistently, and for the body.
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I believe prayer, along with a daily walk with Christ, reveals a lot. But I didn’t know how God would teach me through my month scripture, through daily prayer, and other parts of my life.
But I’ve been working on believing more, trusting more, and looking for His hand more.
Which is exactly what this scripture is sharing.
(NLT) Matthew 7:07, “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”
I love the NLT version of this scripture. To ask, seek, and knock we must do these things daily and consistently. We must not give up.
The revelation God gave me with this scripture is that I began to see these words in levels.
Asking is the first step. It is the beginning. This can start with prayer and daily prayer. We begin to work on consistency. We start focusing on Him, but we haven’t fully worked on becoming involved just yet.
Which for many believers makes sense. Many of us have started our relationship with Christ and God through prayer only.
Seeking is the second step. We begin to take more initiative with Christ. We start to read the Bible. We start to meditate on His Word. In order to look for Him, we begin to let go of this world. We work on changing from the things we used to be drawn to, and now we work on being drawn to things that are of Christ.
We seek Him.
Knocking is the third step. It is when we have asked, we have a steadfast prayer and communication with God. But we also have a steadfast hand in scripture, knowing the truth and trusting the word of God. Having these two parts equipped we can ask for direction, we know where to find, and we have arrived at the door, the area we need to be with Christ.
When a person knocks on a door, it is just that. We do not tend to knock once when we want a friend/neighbor/stranger to open their door. We knock multiple times to make sure we are heard.
Which means all that we do in relation to Christ needs to be, not only daily, not just once a day but consistent.
Like knocks on a door.
This is how we get closer to Christ. This is how we hear Him. This is how we see Him at work. We are patient. We endure. We do not give up. We place our hope and trust in Him.
It is not like we are in the desert alone and stranded. He gives us everything we need. It is here we use what God has given us and we continue to knock on the door till it is opened.
(NLT & NIV) Luke 11:08-09, “But I tell you this–though he won’t do it for friendship’s sake, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence. So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
We see this multiple times in scripture. When we go to God He will answer us.
(NIV) Psalm 34:04, “I sought the LORD, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears.”
The key people are missing is that we are told directly if we are to seek out God, and find Him, then we must give Him our all.
All of our heart, our mind, and our soul needs to be given when we pray, when we read scripture, when we meditate on His word, worship, and any and all other parts of having a relationship with Christ.
Our desire has to be focused on Christ, God, and the Holy Spirit.
What Jesus Christ taught was no new lesson to the disciples. He was repeating what has been told for centuries.
(NIV) Jeremiah 29:13, “You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.”
(NIV) Deuteronomy 4:29, “But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.”
These are only a couple of scriptures touching on this, but many books say we must use all of our heart, all our soul, and some add all our mind.
To truly be answered means we need to reflect the heart of Christ, not the heart of ourselves. When we reach these steps, when we draw close to God, we will see His hand. We will see Him with clear and open eyes, and we will hear Him.
Honestly, I think for a large part of my life, I’ve just been asking. And what I want to add and make sure you understand is that only being on the level of asking is not wrong. Jesus says we will receive. When I was a weaker Christian, when I was immature, God answered me. He taught me. He loved me through it all.
The goal is that we do not settle where we are in our walk and relationship with Christ, but that we continue to grow. He is everlasting. He is Alpha and Omega, there is always something better with Him.
We ask with confidence and we do not stop.
We seek with all we have and we do not stop.
We knock with everything within us, and we do not stop till the door is opened.
And then we repeat. ❤
(NIV) Psalm 37:04, “Take delight in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”