Devotion – November 6, 2015 – Ask, Seek, Knock

luke11_10 (1)For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
—Luke 11:10

Have you ever had a friend who you would do anything for?  You might tell them, “If you ever need anything, let me know.”  We say this in the church quit a bit.  When we hear someone is sick, we send them a message asking them if they need anything from the store.  When someone has lost a loved one, we tell them that if they ever need someone to talk with, we’re here.  Jesus is saying that to you here.  If you need anything, let Me know.  If you need help, just ask.  If you seek Me, you will find Me.

Unfortunately, in our culture independence and self-reliance have become so important to us that we often don’t accept the offers of help from others.  When we are sick, we tell our friend that they don’t need to go out of the their way to bring anything by.  When we are grieving, we don’t want to bother other people with our hurt.  This can prevent friendships from deepening and cause us to suffer hardships that could have been lessened or avoided if we’d just accepted the offer of help.

This is even more true when it comes to God.  As we ask things of Him, seek Him, and ask to come into His presence, we strengthen our relationship with God and deepen our trust in Him.  Prayer is not only about asking God for the things we need (which He tells us He wants us to do), but it changes us and teaches humility and trust.  We cannot do everything on our own.  We need God.  How amazing it is that God tells us He wants us to ask.

Dear Jesus,

Thank You for making a way for us to come before the Father.  Thank You that You are a God who listens, a God who wants us to pray, and a God who answers those prayers.  Help us to put down our pride and self-reliance and come before You in humility and faith to ask, seek, and knock.

Amen.

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