LIGHTHOUSE DAILY DEVOTION
(Sent daily except Sunday)
(Some of the Devotions are original, some are adapted)
June 6, 2020
ASK, SEEK, KNOCK
Luke 11:9-10 - “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”
Prayer is one of the greatest privileges for the child of God. So many of the wonderful blessings and promises that can be ours are appropriated through the vehicle of prayer. Our Savior describes the practice of prayer in simple and practical language, which all of us can relate to. Prayer is asking, seeking, and knocking. We ask God for the things we need, and the things that we believe He would want us to have, or the things we are confident He wants to do.
The Bible says, “ye have not, because ye ask not” (James 4:2). God wants us to ask, as a child would ask his father. He also teaches us to seek. We are to continue to seek the Lord for His will to be done; if we are not certain something is His will, we are to seek to find out. It pleases the Lord for us to seek Him, to seek His face, and to seek to understand His will. Then we are to knock. This teaches us to be persistent in our praying. Sometimes the answer does not come immediately. Because God does not answer our prayers instantly is not an indication that He does not plan to answer them. We are encouraged in the Bible to pray about everything. “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” (Philippians 4:6). We are to exercise this discipline of prayer.
The Scripture says, “every one” that asks will receive. God wants to hear the prayers of all His children. He listens to the youngest believer, both in terms of physical and spiritual age, just as much as He listens to the oldest Christian. His promises regarding prayer are sure. The word “shall” is used four times in our text. God wants us to know that prayer will produce results. We can ask in faith, knowing that God is willing to hear and answer according to His will. Jesus was the perfect example in prayer. He prayed often and earnestly. We need to make praying about things as natural as breathing. Our loving Father is pleased to hear and answer the prayers of His children.
Wit and Wisdom – God’s answers are often better than our prayers.
Point to Ponder - May not a single moment of my life be spent outside the light, love, and joy of God’s presence, and not a moment without the entire surrender of myself as a vessel for Him to use.