Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent?
Ask and it will be given…
Many think, that according to this verse, all you have to do is pray really hard and voila, there it will be. Then after taking this naïve approach, they are extremely disappointed when it doesn’t appear before their eyes or happen as planned.
Verse seven has three segments, three pieces of wisdom and truth. What they say is not simply, may I have this please and it will be given. What they say are ask, seek and knock.
Ask – you ask, what is righteousness? You learn about righteousness every day. Every day you keep asking and keep learning what is righteousness. As you ask and as you learn, your heart begins to understand just what it is you are looking for. But you never stop asking.
Seek – You begin to understand righteousness, and so you seek righteousness every day. Your knowledge grows every day from asking and so does your intent to seek and find righteousness, especially in your heart.
Knock – The more you seek the more you find, and so you must knock on the door to open a space in your heart for righteousness to live.
Each day you learn more from asking, you find more from seeking and the space in your heart where God and righteousness resides becomes larger and larger as you knock and open more doors.
This message from Christ is very simple yet it is hard to execute. If you ask with your heart, seek with your heart, knock with your heart and do it relentlessly, verse 8 gives you the simple consequences of those actions. Ask and receive, seek and find, knock and open. This is the essence of verse 8.
Truthful actions will generate truthful responses. That is what Christ tells us in verse 9.
If you ask truthfully, honestly, and righteously, you will receive a truthful answer. If you seek righteously, you will find the righteousness you seek. And if you honestly ask and seek, your heart will open and God and righteousness well reside in the space where you knocked to open the door.
All of this, though simple as it sounds, is hard work. It’s a lifetime of hard work.
Christ is letting us know that you have to do this, you have to ask, seek and knock. You must put in the time and effort with honesty. It will not come to you. And if you do ask, seek and knock with honesty you will discover that God was always there, you just had to put forth the effort to see it.
It’s just three simple words, ask, seek and knock. The doing is hard.
Again I will reference Matthew 7:13:
Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.
The way is easy that leads to destruction, but to traverse through the narrow gate is hard.
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