“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
A few weeks ago, as I drove my granddaughter Kennedy to school, she asked me a question. The question was concerning whether her mother should ask a client if Kennedy might be able to volunteer in their nursing home this summer. Well, I thought that was the greatest idea … for an 8-year old to spend time with our elderly and to learn the deeper lessons of compassion. I was truly touched by her sincerity…. Anyway, she repeated the question. Would it be okay to ask for the administrator’s permission?
Well, I seized the moment and told her Jesus would like to give her some advice. And then I proceeded to quote her this passage: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Well, she thought that was pretty cool…. So I began to tell her this verse from Matthew 21:21-22: 21 Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. 22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” (See also Mark 11:23-24) Well, now I had her attention. So I threw one more at her from 1 John 5:14-15 which reads:14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of Him.” By this time Kennedy had wised up and asked me if we could just go to Dunkin Donuts and get some Munchkins! LOL! And of course Granddaddy simply answered, “Ask and you shall receive.”
What a wonderful time for me … to share the Word of God with a sensitive young heart. And I think that moment we shared somehow planted another seed of faith within her. And I hope this little story planted a reminder in your own heart – to spend intimate time in prayer with the Father. Prayer is the most powerful conduit we have to access the treasures of wisdom and knowledge and spiritual resources of God. He is ever present … ever available to us! Like a small child – go to Him in prayer.
Luke 11:10-13 (NIV)
10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 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!”