Matthew 7:7-8 says, ""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; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened."
This scripture speaks of three things we should be doing: asking, seeking, and knocking.
God wants us to "ask" for what we want. He cares about the desires of our hearts and promises to give them to us if we ask for them. Psalm 37:4 says, "Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart."
Let's talk about those desires of the heart for a second. The secret is to have the desires of your heart line up with God's desires. The way you do this is to be in prayer, be in study of His word, and to be centered in His will for your life. If your heart is desiring what God wants, then when you ask for those desires, they will line up with His desires; and if God wants something and you want the same things; then, all of the sudden, you have them. Hallelujah! However, if your desires are centered on worldly things and not Godly things, well… you figure it out from there.
Mark 11:24 says, "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." Not only is it important to ask for the things that line up with God's will, but, it's also vital that you believe you will receive them. Belief is foundational to all things Christian. We must believe in our hearts that Christ is Lord. We must believe in our hearts that He was raised form the dead. We must believe in our hearts that He is at the right hand of the father. And yes, we must believe in our hearts that we will receive the things for which we ask. If you ask with doubt that God can deliver, then you may as well not ask at all. We must have true faith in God's abilities and His promises.
He then tells us to "seek" and we will find. We must answer the question, "What is it we should be seeking?"
Matthew 6:33 says, "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." We should be seeking God's Kingdom and His righteousness. To do this, we must be in God's Word daily. His word holds the answers to life's questions and the path to finding His righteousness. We know that we alone are not righteous. Romans 3:10 says, "There is no one righteous, not even one." However, through Christ we are made righteous. Romans 3:22 says, "This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile." So, we are to seek God's kingdom first and also seek out our righteousness that is only found in Jesus Christ, our Lord. If you do this, you will find exactly what you need to be victorious in this life.
Finally, he tells us to "knock" and the door will be opened.
What door is he referring to? Is it the door to happiness? Is it the door to financial stability? Is it the door to forgiveness? Is it the door to health? Is it the door to mercy and grace? Yes, to all of the above. But, I believe the door referred to in this scripture is the door to Heaven. When we knock on Heaven's door through Christ, God opens that door and we have access to everything He has to offer. Ephesians 1:3 says, "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ." I'm sure that if you and I have access to every spiritual blessing in Christ, that we have all the tools in our belt to be those people who are more than conquerors as it says in Romans 8:38-39.
Ask with a pure heart, seek God's Kingdom and His righteousness with zeal, and knock on Heaven's door through your faith in Christ. You just might find everything you've been missing in your life.
God bless and have a great week in the Lord.
Wade Phillips is a pastor and evangelist with 3in1Ministries.