The Right Kind of Ask, Search, and Knock

Matthew 7:7-12

“’Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone? Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

“In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.'”   NRSV

I wonder how many people read this scripture, asked God to give them the winning lottery ticket, and then denounced God as a fraud when their request was unanswered? I am quite sure more than one.

Everything in the divinely created order has a purpose and place. Every Sunday we pray for “God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Each of us has a part to play in implementing God’s will on earth. The “asking, searching, and knocking” that Jesus references here are for us to attain those things that we need to participate in bringing about God’s will on earth. Even Jesus’ supporting statements are about daily sustenance (bread and fish), a basic requirement for anyone to fulfill God’s will on earth.

The church of Jesus Christ would never have lasted more than a generation if Jesus’ words were not true. Nearly every church I have ever been associated with each month would compare their income to expenses and wonder how they would pay the pastor, or the electric bill, or the mortgage on their fellowship hall with so much red ink spilled across the page. Yet, they seemed to find a way to make it to the next month, and the next, and the next, for years and generations on end. In faith, they asked, searched, and knocked in the hope of finding a way to keep the doors open. And they did. And they still do.

There was, however, one prerequisite for God to provide them what they needed. It was found in the last verse. “In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.”

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