You Need to Ask

Read: Matthew 7:7-12

I have recently been on the phone with several service providers for our home. What I have learned is that if you ask for better service at a lower price those options are out there and available for those who call and ask about them.  For those who never bother to ask, they just keep paying the higher price for lesser product.  If you have phone, internet, cable, satellite, or other services, get their 800 number and give it a try.

This discovery led me to think about what Jesus said in his Sermon on the Mount message. In Matthew 7:7 Jesus tells us, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”  He then tell us what will happen when we do that. Verse 8 says, “For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

Jesus is not talking about better internet or cheaper cable, he is talking about life changing stuff. He is saying that we can be saved from our mistakes and sins if we repent of them and ask him for forgiveness. He is saying we can be saved from a troubled world by placing our hopes in him and focusing on God’s ways instead of the world’s ways. He is saying that knowledge, patience, wisdom, love, and understanding are just a prayer away.

This life changing stuff is available to us if we pray and ask the Lord. This is important in our individual lives and it is important for the church. Robert Benson in his book “In Constant Prayer” writes, “I am increasingly convinced that if the Church is to live, and actually be alive, one of the reasons, maybe the most important and maybe the only reason, will be because we have taken up our place in the line of the generations of the faithful who came before us. It will be because we pray the prayer that Christ himself prayed when he walked among us and now longs to pray through us.

It will be because we choose to no longer be among the ones who silence the prayer that Christ, through his body, prays to the Father. It will be because we make sure that the wave of prayer that sustained the Church for all time does not stop when it is our turn to say it each day. It will be because we answer the ancient call to pray without ceasing.”

Pray without ceasing. That comes from the apostle Paul in his letter to the church in Thessalonica. His final instruction to them was to ask the Lord and never stop asking. Jesus will provide us with the things we need in this life if we turn to him and continue to knock on his door. The key word there is “need.” We need to ask for things that will help us to grow spiritually and grow closer in our walk with God. I’m glad that I called and got better and cheaper internet for our home, but I am thrilled that I can call on Jesus my Lord and Savior when I need help with the really important stuff.

Make it Personal: Have you been talking with God? Does God know the deepest desires of your heart? If you have been praying and have not seen an answer to your prayer then keep knocking on God’s door. God will never get tired of a passionate believer who is persistent in finding help from above. Some day that answer will come.

Have a blessed week, Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church