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Ask, Seek, Knock…Get Serious!!!

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## Ask, Seek, Knock…Get Serious!!! _“Ask and it will be given, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be open to you.” –Matthew 7:7_ Ask, seek, and knock! Ask is what you and I do with our mouth. The Bible tells us again and again to make your voice heard before God. In the Greek, the word “ask” means; “to desire, to beg, require, crave, call for it.” In the book of James it says, _“The heartfelt prayer of a righteous man accomplishes much.” _(James 5:16) Seek is what we do with our eyes. It’s keeping alert, it’s being aware because we’ve prayed. We are ready for the answer, and we’re looking for it. The same way if we get a message that the UPS truck is bringing us a package. We are looking for the truck, we are listening, we are paying attention to the door, the doorbell, the knock. Seekwith your eyes. Knock is what we do with our hands. It’s being ready to do whatever the Lord says. We’re going to jump in and we’re going get involved. We’re going to apply some effort and energy. When the wine ran out at the wedding feast, and the servants went to Jesus’ mother and explained the dilemma to her, she said in John 2:5, _“Whatever He says to you, do it!”_ The promise is clear, the pattern is simple. The word of the Lord to you and I today is; “Just go for it! Jump in! Do it! And you will see it fulfilled. The door will be opened to you.” Scripture: _ “For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” -Luke 11:10-14_

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1 Sarah R = "Question: "Does God answer prayers?"Answer:The short answer to this question is, “Yes!” God has promised that, when we ask for things that are in accordance with His will for our lives, He will give us what we ask for (1 John 5:14–15). However, there is one caveat to add to this: we may not always like the answer.We pray for a lot of things—some good, some bad, some really pointless. But God listens to all of our prayers, regardless of what we ask (Matthew 7:7). He does not ignore His children (Luke 18:1–8). When we talk to Him, He has promised to listen and respond (Matthew 6:6;Romans 8:26–27). His answer may be some variation of “yes” or “no” or “wait, not now.”Keep in mind that prayer is not our way of getting God to do what we want. Our prayers should be focused on things that honor and glorify God and reflect what the Bible clearly reveals God’s will to be (Luke 11:2). If we pray for something that dishonors God or is not His will for us, He is unlikely to give what we ask for. God’s wisdom far exceeds our own, and we must trust that His answers to our prayers are the best possible solutions.Read more:http://www.gotquestions.org/does-God-answer-prayers.html#ixzz3XwnAbZmk"
2 Sarah R = "The one prayer God is always quick to answer is the prayer of repentance and turning to God: "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9)."
3 Sarah R = "Seeking also shows faith in God. We do not seek what we are not expecting. When we ask of God, and we have asked according to His will and purpose, we should wait in eager expectation His response.Seeking also signifies listening to God. We often ask and ask and ask but do not stop to listen for a response. If we are quiet before God, listening for His still, small voice, we may get our response faster, because we are ready to receive it."