Day eighteen: ask, seek, knock
Fasting Devotional Day Eighteen: Wednesday, January 19, 2022 Text: Matthew 7:7-11
By Cindy Dickerson
Ask, Seek, Knock, Find Matthew 7:7-11
As I read this passage, I see a highlight reel with an abundance of unanswered petitions and closed doors. Maybe I didn’t fast enough, wait long enough, pray enough…? Or maybe, God provided a way through the situation, instead of a way out of the situation? Yet scripture says, “You will receive it.” Maybe it is eternal, on earth as it is in Heaven (Matthew 6:10). All the people in Heaven know Jesus, maybe the it we receive, is more of Him, what could be better than that? God does not give as the world gives (John 14:27). All of the gifts He gives His children are good and eternal. I realize my temporal mindset brings small expectations and views of how things should be in this broken world.
In Luke 5, the fishermen, defeated and disappointed, are ready to move on after a night full of empty nets. Jesus gets involved and they catch more than their nets and their neighbor’s boat can sustain. They are in awe of Him and leave everything to follow Him. They thought they needed fish, but they needed Jesus. I need Jesus. And I will pick up my disappointments, insecurities, failures and go after Him. For the rest of my life, I will be asking, seeking, and knocking, because I know, I will find.
I encourage you to ask God to give you insight into something you are wrestling with maybe a doubt, fear, regret, desire or that thing that resides in your mental space. Seek someone out, invite him/her in and share what you are bringing to the Lord, have him/her pray for you and with you in agreement. Get alone and knock-on Heaven’s door as you enter His presence with praise and thankfulness. When you find, share, and let us rejoice together.