Find the Key

            When you knock, and someone is there, they open the door.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told His disciples, “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, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8).

            I love the vision in my head of this verse. The vision of someone knocking on a door while at the same time someone stands on the other side opening that door. Jesus instructs us to ask and seek and knock. And He is always there. When we stand at the door, seeking and asking, it frees God to answer.

            I have been approached with several questions about this. “If God already knows what is going to happen, why ask? Why pray?” “Are our prayers wasted energy?” “Do our prayers really make a difference?” “Does God really hear?” I believe the key to these answers are found in Matthew 21:21-22 where Jesus is talking to His disciples.

            And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”

            There are many more verses to answer these questions. They reassure us that God is in control and that He still wants to hear from us. He wants us to ask. He wants us to knock. He holds the key, Revelation 1:18.

            There is a beautiful old song sung by several all-time greats including Dean Martin and Jim Reeves. The words are a beautiful picture of God and they go like this…

Welcome to my world.

Won’t you come on in?

Miracles I guess,

Still happen now and then.

Step into my heart,

Leave your cares behind.

Welcome to my world.

Built with you in mind.

Knock and the door will open.

Seek and you will find.

Ask and you’ll be given.

The key to this world of mine.

I’ll be waiting here.

With my arms unfurled,

Waiting just for you,

Welcome to my world.

            Ask, seek, knock. God is waiting. When we stand at the door, seeking and asking, it frees God to answer. Did you find the key?

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