Red Letter Day 11: Ask, Seek, Knock
2015 Lent Blog
Saturday February 28
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”
Jesus begins again to talk about prayer in the Sermon on the Mount. These verses are very memorable and I am sure all of you have heard this expression, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” There are two things that struck me reading this passage this morning. Prayer starts out as asking God for something but the ultimate goal of these three commands is that the door into the presence of God be opened so that we enter there. The ultimate goal of prayer is not to get something from God but to abide and speak in his presence.
The second thing is that when we pray, Jesus wants us to know that he gives good gifts to us. I often like to get things myself because I am very particular about some things. I think this is also very popular with many people, because we find the rise of gift cards as a very frequent way of giving gifts. This enables shopping my way. But when we think about God do we seek our way or God’s way. Too often in prayer we say God run the world, our lives, or help us with our problems our way. When we pray, the answer is often no because God has something better in store. He knows the best gifts to give. Dear Lord, give me a surprise this week with a gift or an opportunity to come into your holy presence. Amen.
In Christ’s Service,