Monday, August 2, 2010

The Principle of Asking

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you,” Matthew 7:7.  
Very little is ours just for the taking.  We are limited by boundaries and rules.  Those boundaries and rules may prove to be rather inconvenient from time to time.  So, we have been given the principle of asking.
The initiative to move a boundary is always on our part.  We may usurp and manipulate and overcome those who have the power to move it or we can ask God.  I’ll give you one guess as to which is better…..
Time up!  It is not only better to ask, it is required.  After all, we have laid down our rights, our powers.  We have no right to move boundaries around.  We cannot assume that anything of earth is ours for the taking.  We can only ask according to His will.  And we become fervent “Askers”; often also known as people of prayer.  We have laid down our subjective powers.  We do not chose to manipulate and usurp according to what seemed right in our own eyes for our own benefit and welfare.  We have become fervent Askers calling on the help and government of God.
“For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened,” Matthew 7:8.  Christ tells us that askers become receivers and seekers become finders and knockers walk through an open door.  Not so, with takers, manipulators or usurpers.  For the taker, the gift is never placed in the hand by a giver.  It must be stolen away.  For the manipulator, the blessing is not stumbled upon with delightful discovery.  The manipulator knows of another’s blessing and must be wrench it skillfully from their hands.  And for the usurper, the door is never opened.  It remains shut and must be broken down.
But we are told to ask and wait, to seek and trust, to knock persistently and give the door owner a choice.  God says He will answer the Asker!  The Asker is not expecting mankind to move a boundary.  The Asker’s expectation is on God.  God will be the giver, the discoverer and the opener.  Don’t take, manipulate or usurp another life…. .just ask God for what you need…
“…How much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” Matthew 7:11.

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