JESUS SAID: Ask

It’s a new day. How are you going to start it? Let’s look at Luke 11:9-10 to get some ideas. As you read this text, look for the key words that stand out to you.

“So I say to you, 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 he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Luke 11:9-10, NKJV).

So what key words stand out? What is going on? For me, the words that stand out are “ask”, “seek”, “knock”, “will”, and ”so I say”. What I see going on is Jesus explaining a different way of thinking and living. 

Now let’s read it again in the New American Standard Bible, and add a few scripture lines for context. So let’s now read Luke 11:5-10:

“Then He said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and from inside he answers and says, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been shut and my children and I are in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs. So I say to you, 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 he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened.”

What is your reaction or emotional response to this scripture? When I read this, I feel loved just by hearing Jesus’ words describe a story of a friend who responded to the persistent knock at the door. I feel confidence and assurance that my God hears and listens to me. I trust with expectancy, pleasure, and excitement that my Heavenly Father gains happiness when I ask Him for what I need. I feel in relationship with God because He is asking me to ask. 

Now that you have read this twice, what is God saying in this story? I’m hearing God say that this is really a fundamental directive to ask. It’s like He is shouting out to me “How many times do I have to tell you that I’m here, ready, willing, and able to provide what you really need, which is you and me being together.”

Now let’s read this scripture one more time in a version that is easy to read, and let’s add a few more lines to give it even more context. This is how Luke 11:1-13 goes from The Message:

“When you pray, say, Father, Reveal who you are. Set the world right. Keep us alive with three square meals. Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others. Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.”

Then he said, “Imagine what would happen if you went to a friend in the middle of the night and said, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread. An old friend traveling through just showed up, and I don’t have a thing on hand.’

“The friend answers from his bed, ‘Don’t bother me. The door’s locked; my children are all down for the night; I can’t get up to give you anything.’

“But let me tell you, even if he won’t get up because he’s a friend, if you stand your ground, knocking and waking all the neighbors, he’ll finally get up and get you whatever you need.

“Here’s what I’m saying: Ask and you’ll get; Seek and you’ll find; Knock and the door will open. “Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This is not a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. If your little boy asks for a serving of fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? If your little girl asks for an egg, do you trick her with a spider? As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing—you’re at least decent to your own children. And don’t you think the Father who conceived you in love will give the Holy Spirit when you ask him?””

What is God saying to you personally? When I read the words “So I say” from the NKJV, I hear Jesus saying that He has a different perspective on something really important. I am overcome with a clear message that today I must live my day trusting and believing in God’s word of asking, seeking, and knocking. I am hearing God say that it is possible to be held in a relationship with Him  knowing I’m going to be ok in all aspects of my life. I’m beginning to realize that if I spent more time with God in a REAL relationship, I wouldn’t doubt so much. I would also see how my asking would actually get results that I need. 

I’m also hearing God say to me that no where in this scripture is there a condition of answered prayer when my asking, seeking, and knocking is in the model of the Lord’s prayer, from a heart that only seeks the Father’s will. I’m hearing that I am to be direct and confident with asking for my needs to be met, and that the Holy Spirit will be given to meet those needs. I am feeling totally loved because I actually see that my Father in Heaven conceived me in love. Oh, that is all that I need. 

What would happen in my life and relationships if I were to apply what I am hearing God say? How can I share what God is saying to me? Everything would change in my life if I lived as if I was loved. This is good news, and I want to share what God is saying by reassuring others about these scripture lines in Luke 11. I want to shout it to the mountain tops: “We are loved! So ask!”

Talk to God in prayer about His message to you through this scripture.

Dear God,
Why is it that it is so hard to believe You at Your Word?
I acknowledge you, Lord, right now, for being the God of Heaven and Earth,
for being the provider of everything I need and all things good.
I acknowledge you for Your forgiveness
and for being the source of protection from evil.
Lord, you’ve told me to ask you and you’ll provide just what I need.
You’ve asked me to seek you so I’ll see that you’re already there.
Lord, you ask me to knock on your door, and you promise to open it wide
so we can be together.
I want that right now. My soul cries out for You.
Thank you, Lord!
Thank you!
Amen.

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