TEXT: Matthew 7:7-12
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
Charles Spurgeon said, “A Christian may be hedged in, but he cannot be roofed in; there is always a passage way upwards to the throne of the great Father.”
By way of introduction, Dr. Walvoord and Dr. Zuck said, “Earlier in this sermon Jesus had given the disciples a model prayer. Now He assured them that God welcomes prayer, and urged them to come to Him continuously and persistently. This is emphasized by the present tenses in the verbs: “keep on asking”; “keep on seeking”; “keep on knocking”. Why? Because your Father in heaven delights in giving good gifts to those who persist in prayer. No decent father would give his son … a stone instead of a round loaf of bread, or a snake instead of a similar-appearing fish. If an earthly father, with his sinful nature, delights to do right materially for his children, it makes sense that the righteous, heavenly Father will much more reward His children spiritually for their persistence.”
In Matthew 7:7, we find incredibly simple words which, if we apply them to our lives, have incredibly immense power. “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” The words seem obvious, yet so few of us have truly internalized them and lived them out. We worry and fret and strive when Jesus wants us to simply ask, seek, and knock.
Regarding this passage, Dr. Warren Wiersbe said, “Why did our Lord discuss prayer at this point in His message? These verses seem to be an interruption, but they are not. You and I are human and fallible; we make mistakes. Only God can judge perfectly. Therefore, we must pray and seek His wisdom and direction. ‘If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God.’ Young King Solomon knew that he lacked the needed wisdom to judge Israel, so he prayed to God, and the Lord graciously answered. If we are to have spiritual discernment, we must keep on asking God, keep on seeking His will, keep on knocking at the door that leads to greater ministry. God meets the needs of His children.”
That is the simple message that Jesus is trying to get across to us with these words: God will meet your needs. But there is something we must do to make that happen: ask, seek, and knock. How many of us do not have our needs supplied because we don’t follow these simple directives?
The Greek word translated as ask means to “to make a request, or call for.” It is an activity that takes place with the mouth through prayer. In prayer, we cry out to God requesting provision for our needs. It is a simple act, but when we do it, Jesus promises that what we request will be given to us. To seek means to strive for, to crave, to even demand. The word implies intense activity. We are reminded of Jacob who wrestled with the Angel of the Lord and said, ‘I won’t let you go until you bless me.’ Like the king who honored the soldier who thought so highly of his king that he requested a large withdrawal from the treasury, God honors those who seek after Him through prayer consistently, intensely, and deliberately. Those who seek and refuse to give up will eventually find. To knock is to rap or knock with a heavy blow. One is reminded of the man who desperately needed bread late at night, so he knocked loudly on his neighbor’s door — so loudly that he roused the man from sleep with his family and kept on knocking until the door was opened and he got what he needed.
The story is told of a Scottish preacher who prayed for rain early one Sunday morning. As he prepared to leave for church later that day, his daughter brought an umbrella to him.
“What do we need that for?” he asked.
The girl replied, “You prayed for rain this morning. Don’t you expect God to send it?”
They took the umbrella with them, and as they walked home from church they were glad to take shelter under it from a drenching storm. Such should be our faith when we pray, just like that little child’s—with no doubt, and expecting an answer.
Why don’t we start using the power that is available to us — the power to ask, seek, and knock — and receive from God.
James Cowden Wallace wrote:
There is an eye that never sleeps
Beneath the wing of night;
There is an ear that never shuts,
When sink the beams of light
There is an arm that never tires,
When human strength gives way.
There is a love that never fails,
When earthly loves decay.
But there’s a pow’r which man can wield,
When mortal aid is vain,
That eye, that arm, that love to reach
That list’ning ear to gain.
That pow’r is prayer, which soars on high,
Through Jesus, to the throne;
And moves the hand that moves the sky,
A blessing to bring down.
Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at [email protected] and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.