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Ask and Receive

Image of an open bible with a page half turned with the words "ask and receive, January 6, 2023, Matthew 7:7-8"

Date: January 6, 2023

Bible Scripture Verse

Matthew 7:7-8 - “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; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

Listen for God’s Voice

Father God, I know there are many things that I may want in this life, but deep inside my heart, I know that what I need most, what I seek most, is to know you more. Help me to knock on that door.

Explore History

This book is the conclusion of the sermon on the Mount. 

Study and Savor – Key Words

Knock and the door will be opened
Ask and Receive
Seek and Find

Summarize and Share

Jesus has a captive audience who is hungry for His teaching. These words are familiar to us and don't really prompt a 'wow' response, but to the Jews, this stunned them. At that time, a Roman soldier could take ANYTHING from a Jew. Imagine hearing that you could ask God for anything and it would be given to you. He's not talking about a new chariot in their lean-to - Jesus is referring to knowledge and wisdom. The one thing the Jews have been longing for is right in front of them. Messiah!  And not just for the Rabbis - this was for the working man, the women and children, as well. ANYONE who wants Jesus immediately has access.  

The promise is made, it shall be given to you. Not lent to you, no sold to you, but given to you.

Bible Cross Reference

Matthew 21:22 – whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive if you have faith

1 John 3:22 – and whatever we ask, we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do what pleases Him.

Psalm 145:18-19 – The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.  He fulfills the desire of those who fear Him; He also hears their cry and saves them. 

Jeremiah 33:3 – Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. 

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