Ask, Seek, Knock

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Matthew 7:7-11  “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!

Ask

Matthew 18:19  “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.  Whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

Not with selfish intentions though:  Mark 10:35-43  Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Him, saying, “Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask.” He said to them, “What do you want Me to do for you?” They said to Him, “Grant us that we may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on Your left, in Your glory.” Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They said to Him, “We are able.”  Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink the cup that I drink, and with the baptism I am baptized with you will be baptised, but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared.” When the ten heard it, they began to be greatly displeased with James and John.  Jesus called them toHimself and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant.

Colossians 1:9-12  For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. That you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him. Being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy.  Give thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.

Seek

Proverbs 18:15  The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. Proverbs 28:5 Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand all.  Isaiah 55:6  Seek the LORD while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near.  Jeremiah 29:13  You will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

Romans 2:3-9  Do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? In accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who “will render to each one according to his deeds”: eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and of the Greek.

Romans 9:30-33  What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness of faith;  but Israel, pursuing the law of righteousness, has not attained to the law of righteousness.Why? Because they did not seek it by faith, but as it were, by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling stone.  As it is written: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offence, and whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”

1 Corinthians 10:24  Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being. Colossians 3:1  If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Hebrews 11:6  Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. 1 Peter 3:11  Let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it.

Knock

Luke 12:35-36  “Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning;  and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately.

Luke 13:25-27  When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’ then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’ He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.’

Revelation 3:20  Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. Luke 11:10  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. God bless you.

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