Ask, Seek, Knock

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There is a great deal going on in our world that seems to be new. But in reality, we are dealing with many of the same issues that we have always dealt with as humans. The forms or manifestations of what occurs is new, but the root issues are the same. Perhaps it is then, that as much as things change, they really do stay the same. So what is the cure of the ills and issues in our world? Amidst the tensions that we all see, and so many of us experience, where do we turn for relief?
I might suggest that Matthew 7 is a good place to start. Jesus is here teaching the crowd when he speaks thusly,
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7.7-12
Notice in this passage Jesus starts with prayer. The asking, seeking, and knocking that Jesus is speaking of is our praying to God to ask for Him to act and work and give. In other words, our prayers are for God to change the circumstances and situations in a way only He can. But Jesus does not leave it there. He goes on to conclude that while we start with prayer, in the meantime we are to treat each other right. When we are rightly praying for God to act, our asking should change us to be people who treat each other as we would desire to be treated. May we all do this to the best of our ability, seeking God first, and acting accordingly.