Sermon on the Mount: Ask, Seek, Knock

7“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 9Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” ~Matthew 7

Ask:

A prayer in the heart

Heart beats heart beat

A prayer on the tongue

Let it be bring it out

You need to speak it

You need to ask it

An unanswered prayer

Is one unasked

Just pray, pray

“Father in Heaven”

He’s listening

He’ll give an answer

.

Seek:

Do you not know

Where your help comes?

Do you not realize

Where to turn?

You know what you want—

Is it worth the pursuing?

You know what you need—

Is it worth the having?

Oh, seek seek Him out

He knows so much more

Than you could dream of

Seek seek Him out

He’s worth it

He’s worth it

.

Knock:

You’ve reached the door

You’ve asked for

You’ve reached the door

You sought out

Now it is time

To give it a knock, knock

Will He open it

Will He not, not?

The LORD always answers

He longs to give all that is good

The LORD always answers

It is time to knock, knock

At the door

~

1 John 3:

19This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: 20If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 21Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. 23And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 24The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.

Luke 11:

5Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; 6a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ 7And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ 8I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacitye he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.

1 John 5:14

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

James 1:5

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

Matthew 18:19

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.

Psalm 34:4

I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.

Psalm 37:4

Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Isaiah 30:19

People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you.

Jeremiah 29:13

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

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