I remember when I was younger, the joy of Christmas morning, when I ran to the living room looking for the presents with my name on it and seeking that one main present that I had been asking for! I had spent months begging for this. Looking through the ads and circling it and pointing it out whenever I saw it at the store. My parents were attentive to this request and usually all my dreams for that moment came true!
What did Jesus mean when He told us to ask, seek and knock?
Ask and it will be given to you: Asking means requesting something from someone and through prayer we communicate our needs and desires to God. Of course, God, knows what we need whether we ask or not, but prayer is the means God has chosen to bring about those answers.
Seek and you will find: When we lose something, we make a conscious and intentional effort to find it. Psalms 27:8 King David writes, “Seek my face.’ My heart says to you, ‘Your face, Lord, do I seek.” When we seek His face, we are seeking his presence and we get to know His character. While Jesus is not lost, nevertheless, we must make a conscious effort to seek Him and know Him and we can do that by reading His word and through prayer.
Knock and the door will be opened to you: Knocking is a request for admission when the way is closed. If a person needs something or someone from behind a door, the most natural action is to knock, and we keep on knocking until the door is open and we get what or who we need. In the same way, we are to be persistent in prayer for God’s provision.
And so, We Ask, We Seek, and We Knock and when we do, we will receive, we will find, and God will answer.