Keep asking, seeking, knocking


Originally posted a year ago, the following blog entry is modified and re-posted below:

The Verse of the Day for January 22, 2016 comes from Matthew 7:7-8 (NKJV):

[Keep Asking, Seeking, Knocking] “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened

This passage brought to mind a scripture memory song composed more than 16 years ago. The arrangement of the lyrics shows an acrostic poem that spells out the word “ask,” the first three letters of which form the three verbs found in verse 7. In addition to singing the lyrics, the song involved gestures that reinforced the message. In a prayer notebook that I once had, I recall having a card with the words “Ask God” on one side and Matthew 7:7, 8 (KJV) on the other. Here are the lyrics to the simple song:

Ask and it shall be given you;
Seek and you shall find.
Knock and it shall be opened unto to you.

Ask, seek and knock.
Ask, seek and knock.

For everyone who asketh receiveth.
He that seeketh findeth.
And to him that knocketh, it shall be opened.

Ask, seek and knock.
Ask, seek and knock.

In reflecting on the passage from the Sermon on the Mount, I thought of the last phrase of the 8th verse: “. . . and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened.” Revelation 3:20 came to mind where the Master declares, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If any man hear my voice and openeth the door, I will come in and sup with him and he with me.”

In discussing Orientalisms or Eastern customs and manners found in Scripture, Bishop KC Pillai, converted Hindu Bible teacher, notes that eating with someone was a most intimate act. One did not eat with strangers or those outside his most intimate circle of family and friends. In that light, Revelation 3:20 takes on even more significance as an invitation to intimacy. Luke 24 speaks of Jesus and the disciples on the Road to Emmaus and of their breaking bread together, a time of intense intimacy when Jesus opened the eyes of their understanding that they might understand the Scriptures. This unfolding of Himself as revealed in the Scriptures occurred during a meal, a time of wonderfully rich fellowship and intimacy.

During the same period when I wrote the scripture memory song using Matthew 7:7-8, I also recall composing a song that we used to sing before serving our lunch at the summer program for school-age children where I worked. It is based in part on the passage from Revelation:

Come and dine with me, Jesus said
Come and dine with me, Jesus said
I’ve prepared a table to set before you
Come and dine with me, Jesus said

In thinking about the passage from Matthew 7:7-8, we recognize that in the Greek New Testament the three verbs are expressed in the present progressive tense: meaning keep on asking, keep on seeking, keep on knocking. In the New King James Version we find a similar preface in brackets before the actual scripture. In the same manner that a child will keep asking for a treat while shopping with his or her parents, Jesus Christ says to continue to ask, continue to seek, continue to knock.

A few years later after having composed the first scripture memory song, I also wrote another acrostic poem whose lyrics became another song based on the same passage:

Always ask, no matter how great or small the task.
Serve the Lord God with a pure heart and remove the mask.
Keep trusting in the Lord–all you have to do is ask.

Someday soon we shall stand on top of the mountain peak.
Every golden promise God has fulfilled, as we speak.
Each day adds another victory toward our winning streak.
Keep pressing toward the mark to obtain the prize we seek.

Keep renewing your mind, assess your thoughts and take stock.
Never give up–build your hope on Christ, the solid rock.
Overcome the odds–by faith get around any roadblock.
Count your blessings with every tick-tock of the clock.
Keep this in mind and call on the Lord: ask, seek, and knock.

Kim McFarland and the Thompson Community Singers offer this stirring reminder: “Just Ask in My Name”

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One Response to “Keep asking, seeking, knocking”

  1. Mollie Kaufman Says:

    Thank you Lonnell for continuing to exercise your spiritual gifts to edify, exhort, comfort and teach the body of Christ. I’m especially blessed to have you as my brother in Christ. I stand amazed marveling at the timing and renewing of our connection. How encouraging as we approach the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    Come quicky Lord Jesus Marantha!

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