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Keep on asking, seeking, knocking

June 13, 2016

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Revised and re-posted is the Verse of the Day for June 13, 2016 which is found in Luke 11:13 in the Amplified Bible:

If you, then, being evil [that is, sinful by nature], know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask and continue to ask Him!”

To understand more fully this verse, we need to examine the context of the statement made by the Lord Jesus Christ and look at Luke 11: 1-13 where we find Jesus Christ praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples asked him to teach them how to pray, “as John also taught his disciples.” The Lord goes on to teach them what has become known as the Lord’s Prayer. He goes on to offer an illustration of exactly what it means to pray in Luke 11:5-13 (KJV):

And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves;

For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?

And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.

I say unto you, though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.

And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?

12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?

13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

A key component of prayer is asking which is emphasized in verses 9 and 10. A similar expression is used in Matthew 7:7-8:

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.

The passage from Luke 11: 9-10 and Matthew 7:7-8 brought to mind an acrostic poem that spells out the word “ask,” the first three letters of which form the three verbs found in verse 7. 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 on the other.

In thinking about the two passages, I 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:

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 ticktock of the clock.

Keep this in mind and call on the Lord: ask, seek, and knock.

Matthew 7:7-8 is set to music by Janna Long and Truth:

Spirit of Knowledge, Spirit of Wisdom, Spirit of Understanding

November 12, 2015

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The Verse of the Day is part of the inspired prayer opening Paul’s letter to the “God’s holy people in the city of Colossae, who are faithful brothers and sisters in Christ.” Certainly this prayer also expresses God’s desire for His people everywhere, not just those dwelling in that ancient city in Asia Minor.

Colossians 1:9 (NLT)

So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding.

If the prayer is that God will give knowledge, wisdom and understanding, three expression of the Spirit of God, then the answer to that prayer would be that those being prayed for would receive that which was requested.

Jesus Christ, in reference to the giving of the Holy Spirit, makes this statement in Luke 11:13(NLT):

So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him”

The Verse of the Day also brings to mind three poems inspired by references to the Spirit of Knowledge, the Spirit of Wisdom, and the Spirit of Understanding. All three are intertwined as three gold chains on a delicate necklace or exquisite piece of jewelry.

The Spirit of Knowledge,

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ,

the Father of glory, may give to you

the spirit of wisdom and revelation

in the knowledge of him;

Ephesians 1:17

To excel in mighty works that demonstrate God’s power,

Far above the knowledge of any human mind,

Beyond the confines of any ivory tower,

We pursue knowledge and seek that we might find,

To know the exceeding greatness of that power,

Surpassing natural intellect of mankind;

That we may be filled with the knowledge of His will.

Such knowledge begins with the fear of the Lord,

Knowing that every promise our God will fulfill,

We receive the spirit of knowledge, not just a word.

We have been bought with a price, we are not our own.

Assured that God keeps His covenant we stand still.

The fullness of that knowledge shall someday be shown:

When Christ returns, then shall we know as we are known.

Closely related to the Spirit of Knowledge is

The Spirit of Wisdom

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore, get wisdom.

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore, get wisdom.

 And in all your getting, get understanding.

Proverbs 4:7(NKJV)

As we finish our course, we shall walk and not faint

And cause to flee, as one chases an enemy.

As hunters will track down their game with no restraint,

So your fragrance arouses us as we awake.

Desire, a fire, flames this inner passion deeply.

Though we felt your touch and sensed your presence before,

As lovers will pursue their beloved, so will we

Yearn to be with you and to know you even more,

Assured that all those who pursue you shall also find.

As the sun rises to follow its daily course,

Zealously we seek you with our heart and soul and mind,

As one traces a winding river to its source.

As one forsakes all to pursue a priceless treasure,

So we seek the spirit of wisdom’s good pleasure.

Spirit of Understanding is the third expression of God’s desire for us:

  The Place of Understanding

  From where then does Wisdom come?

  And where is the place of understanding?

 Job 28:20 AMP

 

 I must arise and strive to reach the place

 Where the rivers of understanding flow

 And never doubt God’s purpose and His grace.

 “The Call”

So we seek the spirit of wisdom’s good pleasure

That we might gain insight to better comprehend.

As God enlightens our eyes in fuller measure,

We behold where wisdom and understanding blend,

The place where the rivers of understanding flow.

We no longer walk in darkness and merely grope.

To no longer question nor doubt but truly know

Is to see life in its fullness from a broad scope.

People of understanding depart from evil,

Walk by the spirit, abiding with the upright.

Likewise, we seek to be wise and learn to be still

That our lives might be acceptable in God’s sight.

Order our steps to the place of our destiny,

As God’s will unfolds in splendid epiphany.

A similar prayer to the one offered in Colossians 1 is found in Ephesians 1-18-23, rendered as this song: A Prayer for the Ephesian Church:

Just ask: It’s just that simple

June 13, 2015

Luke-11-13-kjvThe Verse of the Day for June 13, 2014 is found in Luke 11:13 (KJV):

If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

The context of the statement made by the Lord Jesus Christ is found in Luke 11: 1-13 where he teaches what it means to pray. Here we find Jesus Christ praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples asked him to teach them how to pray, “as John also taught his disciples.” The Lord goes on to teach them what has become known as the Lord’s Prayer. He goes on to offer an illustration of what it means to pray in Luke 11:5-13. A key component of prayer is asking, which is emphasized in verses 9 and 10, leading up to verse 13.

And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

A similar expression is used in Matthew 7:7-8:

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.

The passage from Luke 11: 9-10 and Matthew 7:7-8 brought to mind a scripture memory song that I composed more than 10 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 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 on the other.

In thinking about the two passages, I 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:

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.

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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.

To ask is to articulate a request, to put in words your heart’s desires. Philippians 4:6-7 in the Amplified Bible (AMP) puts it this way:

Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.

And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

The essence of the discussion regarding our asking in the context prayer or letting our requests be made known to God is found in Mark 11:24 expressed in three different versions:

24 For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it]. [Amplified Bible]

24 Therefore I tell you, all the things you pray and ask for—believe that you have received them, and you will have them. [Holman Christian Standard Bible]

24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. [New King James]

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

How to pray: Ask, seek, knock

June 13, 2014

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The Verse of the Day for June 13, 2014 is found in Luke 11:13 (KJV):

If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

In order to understand more fully this verse, we need to examine the context of the statement made by the Lord Jesus Christ and look at Luke 11: 1-13:

Here we find Jesus Christ praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples asked him to teach them how to pray, “as John also taught his disciples.” The Lord goes on to teach them what has become known as the Lord’s Prayer. He goes on to offer an illustration of what it means to pray in Luke 11:5-13:

And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves;

For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?

And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.

I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.

And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?

12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?

13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

A key component of prayer is asking which is emphasized in verses 9 and 10. A similar expression is used in Matthew 7:7-8:

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.

The passage from Luke 11: 9-10 and Matthew 7:7-8 brought to mind a scripture memory song that I composed more than 10 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 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 on the other.

In thinking about the two passages, I 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.

A few years I composed a scripture memory song based on the same passage:

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

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.

 

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.

 

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