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It's Nice To Be Asked

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you" (Matt. 7:7).

It is with fondness that I remember a phrase that a good teacher friend of mine used to use. In the mornings I would invariably offer him something that I was eating like a piece of candy or a lifesaver. His usual response was; "No thank you, but it's nice to be asked." I use that phrase myself from time to time, and it always brings a smile to my face. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus spends a lot of time teaching about prayer. In the previous two devotionals we have seen His lesson on how not to pray and been given a model to draw on. In today's verse, Jesus uses three very simple yet specific verbs....ask, seek, knock...We mere mortals might think the use of three words could be overkill on the subject, but they indicate His directives about prayer. I believe them to be imperatives that indicate strong desires, and a determined persistence. The three words denote Jesus' true belief about prayer. They say that we should never be shy or uncertain about our requests. The verse does not even hint that God already knows our needs, which we find elsewhere, but it speaks to our real needs. Though God knows what we need, He still wants us to express them to Him. (but it's nice to be asked) It shows our initiative.

In watching western movies, I have always been intrigued by the protocol involved in the gunfight. Who was supposed to make the first move? The words in today's verse clear that issue up about prayer. We are to make the first move in approaching God. The three verbs and the phraseology used indicates specific results....Ask, and it will be given to you........Seek, and you will find....Knock, and the door will be opened to you. Is it possible that James was thinking about this teaching when he wrote; "You do not have, because you do not ask God" (4: 2)? Jesus reinforces His teaching with a short parable about the request of a son to his father for bread or a fish. It absurdly uses a stone and snake to get the point across..."how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him" (V 11)? In this sermon, the term "our Father and your Father" is used many time. Jesus wants us to know the blessing of having a great Heavenly Father that we are free to approach...It's nice to be asked..

Have a wonderful day... Go about doing good... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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