Our job is to understand what is good, so that we know what to ask for. Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? Keep knocking, and the door will be opened for you. Multitudes would never face this. Let us seek, not only just in our seasons of prayer, but at all times, to hold fast the joyful assurance: mans prayer on earth and Gods answer in heaven are meant for each other. If we ask for healing, and that is the best thing for us, we should not doubt that God will heal us. His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
He leaves it to be inferred that such a course righteously, naturally, necessarily so ends. And yet, my blessed Lord, I find in Thy teaching on prayer that Thou didst not speak of these things, but didst say so plainly, that prayer may and must expect an answer. Asking and receiving the gift would thus lead to seeking and finding the Giver, and this again to the knocking and opening of the door of the Fathers home and love. Ask and it shall be given and the love come a-trickling down. Some sins are as motes, while others are as beams; some as a gnat, others as a camel. The human is the asking, the Divine is the giving.
We are his children, and he watches over us like children, because God is the good father. First of all, be on your guard against every evil word, and every evil desire, and purify your heart from all the vanities of this world. He therefore at the very outset of His instruction to those who would learn to pray, seeks to lodge this truth deep into their hearts: prayer does avail much; ask and ye shall receive; every one that asketh, receiveth. Seeking is a matter of paying attention with an engaged mind and acute awareness. Provided we eschew this unlovely spirit, we are not only warranted to sit in judgment upon a brother's character and actions, but in the exercise of a necessary discrimination are often constrained to do so for our own guidance. Every word proves its Author to be Divine.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He is not going to answer our prayers poorly; he is going to richly answer our prayers. Knock, and the door will be opened to you. Ask, and it shall be given you. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss.
It is one of the terrible marks of the diseased state of Christian life in these days, that there are so many who rest content without the distinct experience of answer to prayer. Observe how He uses words which mean almost the same thing, and each time repeats the promise so distinctly: Ye shall receive, ye shall find, it shall be opened unto you; and then gives as ground for such assurance the law of the kingdom: He that asketh, receiveth; he that seeketh, findeth; to him that knocketh, it shall be opened. Here follows a wholesome digression. We must judge ourselves, and judge of our own acts, but not make our word a law to everybody. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. Knock, and the door will be opened for you. On the contrary, they involve some of the most delicate and vital duties of the Christian life.
Religion is brought into contempt, and its professors insulted, when it is forced upon those who cannot value it and will not have it. This plain declaration of Christ has been disregarded by many who have taken pains to explain it away; but in all ages the real disciple of Christ has been looked on as a singular, unfashionable character; and all that have sided with the greater number, have gone on in the broad road to destruction. Creative Project: Another possibility, besides the objects listed above, could be to draw and color bread, a stone, fish and the snake. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the 20. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. There are so many barriers between us and Jesus.
For, God knows our needs before we come to him in prayer Matthew 6:8. What a heart, then, must the Father of all fathers have towards His pleading children! His desire is for His children to ask, seek, and knock to receive his unfailing love and grace. Let us be more and more decided and earnest, making some one or other of these blessednesses and Christian graces the main subject of our thoughts, even for weeks together. I stand at the door and knock. Keep knocking, and it will be opened to you. Let us never suppose our heavenly Father would bid us pray, and then refuse to hear, or give us what would be hurtful. We must not judge rashly, nor pass judgment upon our brother without any ground.
Ye shall know them by their fruits. Keep searching, and you will find. Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. From ana and oigo; to open up. Do men gather grapes of thorns--any kind of prickly plant. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. I said love Love come a trickling down Fade out.