After my morning prayer meeting with some pastors and leaders, I had my final appointment with my fitness trainer. I feel like I have made enough progress and have enough routines to be on my own for the next month or two. Tomorrow I return to Northern Colorado Rehab Hospital for an outpatient appointment.
I continue to feel like I am making gradual progress and am thankful for each day that I can get out and carry on more of a normal life and schedule of activity. I also was able to wrap up my federal tax return today, which is nice to get completed.
BIBLE VERSE FOR TODAY… “Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks will receive, and anyone who seeks will find, and the door will be opened to those who knock.…you know how to give good things to your children. How much more, then, will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” Matthew 7:7,8,10
I was thinking of these verses when I went to my Tuesday morning prayer time. During our devotional Pastor Dan Nygaard was observing that “while we know we serve a God of unlimited resources, our access to those resources is limited.” This does present a challenge to our trust and faith in times of need.
But we see Jesus the one who tells us that, “asking, seeking and knocking” is the key to receiving, finding and doors being opened. The biblical text carries the meaning of “ask and keep asking… seek and keep seeking… knock and keep knocking…”
While Jesus uses the analogy of parents to children, unlike parents the Lord doesn’t get tired of our persistence. As a matter of fact, He invites it! As a parent who gives good and desires good for their children so the Lord does for us. Sometimes that insight to our lives brings a quick response of yes, other times the Lord answers our prayers by not giving us what we want, but helping us to grow as we face our need.
As we view these verses we tend to focus on the “ask” part, more than “seeking” and “knocking.” Perhaps our faith would be well focused to seek the Lord and His wisdom. To knock on doors of opportunity or opposition and see the Lord respond.
So, let us continue to be bold and persistent in our asking. Trusting the Lord who know us better than we know ourselves and be assured of His continual presence. But let us also remember that seeking and knocking are equally important in our lives.
These can be challenging situations for us. But we can always rest assured of the Lord’s care for our lives and His presence where-ever we are and whatever we face.