Keep Asking, Seeking and Knocking
7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
SEEK The Strong’s definition = made efforts, kept trying to obtain
The Parable of the Lost Coin
What kind of effort did the woman make to find the Coin.
The Parable of the Lost Coin
Luke 15:8-9 (NKJV)
8 “Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? 9 And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!’
Luke 15:10 (NKJV)
Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
This Parable speaks to us as of the manner in which God seeks the Lost who are in need of repentance.
should we not imitate God and seek him in the same manner that he seeks us with diligence Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these
things shall be added to you.
God want us to seek him
Deuteronomy 4:29 (NKJV)
But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.
Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)
If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Psalm 27:7-8 (NKJV)
Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice!Have mercy also upon me, and answer me. When You said, “Seek My face,”My heart said to You, “Your face, LORD, I will seek”
And God Sayed
Proverbs 8:17 (NKJV)
I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me.
“Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.
Not Lose Heart
Luke 18:1-8 The Parable of the Persistent Widow
Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart,
2 saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. 3 Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’4 And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, 5 yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’” 6 Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. 7 And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? 8 I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”
Persevere in prayer
Daniel fasted for 3 weeks while waiting to hear from The Lord. He did not eat any pleasant food he did not eat meat and did not drink any wine Nor did he anoint himself Fasting and prayer go hand in hand
Now we seeing Daniel 12 through 14 that there was opposition to the answer Daniels prayer
Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for, from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia. Now I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision refers to many days yet to come.”
Have Confidence in Prayer
1 John 5:14-15
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
Do not Pray in Vain
And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do.For they think that they will be heard for their many words.
Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is,because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
God Knows your Need
“Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. Ecclesiastes 5:2 Do not be rash with your mouth, And let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven, and you on earth; Therefore let your words be few.
19 “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”
Have Faith Do Not Doubt
Matthew 21:21-22 (NKJV)
So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
James 1:6 New King (NKJV)
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
Be anxious for nothing Be Thankful
Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.