Prayer: Father God, let your Word show me wisdom and give me hope, in Christ. Amen.
Ask, and our needs will be met
7 “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find…”
These words have been immortalized. Framed and hung on walls. “…knock, and the door will be opened for you.” Also just as we search and we will find. But…we have to ask, don’t we. We have to “knock” and we have to “search.” God only awaits because He has already called us, not it is up to us to ask.
That’s where the problems are. We don’t ask, or don’t know when to ask, or forget. Do we go searching for the wrong things? Do we knock on the wrong doors? Our devotion writer declares that we don’t give kids snakes when they ask for fish. We don’t give them stones when they need bread.
God knows our needs. God interprets the desires of our hearts, translating our wants or even our unexpressed longings. God will meet our needs. We just need to ask…or, maybe He already sees what we need. Surely, it is a good idea to keep talking to God about it.
Prayer: “Answering God, I thank you for the grace with which you meet my needs. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Ask, Search, Knock
7 “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 9 Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone? 10 Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake? 11 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!