What Do You Really Want?

By May 28, 2013Sermon Notes

Pastor Kelvin Truitt

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; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”

Ask- Seek -Knock

There is a progression built into this passage.  While it is repeating the idea that God will answer prayer it also builds upon the previous thought.  Each step in the progression demonstrates a deeper relationship with God.

1) ASK – You can ask anyone, anything.  If you ask a stranger on the street what time it is, they will likely tell you.  No relationship is needed to ask a person a question.  The nature of the question and our relationship with the person will determine the answer we get.  While we can ask a stranger for the time and get a positive response, we would not get a positive response if we ask for $20.  If we ask a friend for $20 we are more likely to get a favorable response.  We can ask anything of God but our relationship with Him determines the response.

-How does your relationship with God affect what you ask Him for?
-Prayer is NOT all about asking God for things,  it is a time to fellowship with HIM and allow HIM to meet our needs
-Understand that because of God’s great love for us He wants us to ask things of Him in His name.

John 14:13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

2) SEEK – You can seek anyone or anything but you have to know what you are seeking.  If you lose money, you won’t seek for it unless you know it is lost.  You also need to know where to look for something when you seek it.  If you are seeking your car keys, you know that searching for them in the dishwasher probably isn’t going to help.  When we seek God in prayer, we recognize that He is the one who can provide what we are looking for.

-Do you know what you are seeking?  Do you know where to find it?
-Find out what the Word says about it so you are familiar with it when you find it.
****seek     Verb
1 Attempt to find (something): “they seek shelter”.
2 Attempt or desire to obtain or achieve (something)
Synonyms
search – look for – request – quest – demand – try

 

Deuteronomy 4:29 ESV

But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.

Proverbs 8:17 ESV

I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.

Jeremiah 29:12-14 ESV

Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.

3) KNOCK– We don’t let strangers in our homes too often, certainly not in this day and age, but God says that if we knock he will open the door.  The only people we are likely to allow in our house are friends.  This implies fellowship with God.  If we go to God in order to fellowship with Him , He will never reject our request.  But if we are living our lives like we do not know God and are no friend of His, should we expect God to welcome us as a friend of His?
– Be bold enough to knock
– We are friends of God, He will let us in and not treat us like a stranger when we knock?
– When he opens the door we have to walk out of our ways and into HIS!!!
–  Everything is new on His side of the door