JANUARY 27-31 | 2020

WEEKLY DEVOTION

Ask, Seek, Knock

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 the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are 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!"

Key Steps in Praying: Just Ask, Seek, and Knock

Asking, seeking, and knocking are three different aspects of prayer and rewards. Everyone who asks, receives. Receiving is the rewards of asking. (God heard and received your prayer.) Seeking is intentionally searching for what God's Word says about your prayer.

If we're asking God for things that line up with Scripture, we should ask with confidence. Doors are meant to be opened. Regardless of whether God chooses to open the door not, that shouldn't keep us from knocking to hear our answer. God values your persistence and passion in prayer. It reflects His heart.

Prayer

Jesus, 

Thank you for wanting to hear our voices. Thank you for the way your heart longs to speak to us. Help us to become people who run to you for answers on instinct, not just as a last resort. We want to know you. Your heart for us is overwhelming. We thank you, we love you, and we praise you. Amen.

Reflection

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  • Do you find it hard to ask God for things? Why or why not?

  • Is prayer your first instinct or your last resort? In what circumstances do you lean on prayer the most?

  • Discuss this quote: 
    "To not pray because you do not feel fit to pray is like saying 'I will not take medicine because I am too ill." - Charles Spurgeon

Songs for the Week

'Canvas and Clay' Pat Barrett

'Jesus Paid It All' Passion

'Lord I Need You' Passion