Ask, seek, and knock

Matthew 7--7-8

The Verse of the Day for January 22, 2017 offers three powerful commands spoken by Jesus Christ in Matthew 7:7-8 expressed in the Amplified Bible Classic Edition:

Matthew 7:7-8 (AMPC)

Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, [the door] will be opened.

The passage brings to mind a scripture memory song whose lyrics reveal an acrostic poem that spells out the word “a-s-k,” the first three letters of which express the three verbs found in verse 7.

Ask, Seek and Knock (Matthew 7:7-8 NIV)

Ask and it shall be given to 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 asks receives.

The one who seeks finds;

And to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Ask, seek and knock.

Ask, seek and knock.

 

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 your winning streak.

Keep pressing toward the mark to obtain the prize you 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.

In thinking about the passage from Matthew 7:7-8, especially in the Classic Edition of the Amplified Bible, 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 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.

Integrity Music offers this lively rendition of Matthew 7:7-8 with the commands spoken by Jesus Christ:

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One Response to “Ask, seek, and knock”

  1. Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC Says:

    Loved the song – from the first notes of the blues instrumental lead in. It has a clever beat that will keep replying in my head for quite some time, I’m sure. Thanks for sharing. I needed this message today.
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
    – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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