Bible says: ask, seek, knock. What should I ask for?

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When you consider how to ask, seek, knock in prayer, you should think about the Psalms.

“One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.”

This is the solemn desire as expressed in Psalm 27:4 by King David. To dwell in the house of the Lord was too long for God and holiness.

Ask, Seek, Knock

In Matthew 7:7, Jesus tells us:

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

Yet, we need guidance on how to ask, seek, knock in a way that is compatible with the good things God desires to give us. Things beyond those that might quickly satisfy a passing whim but then leave us feeling empty. Genuinely good things which will lead us further along our journey to holiness.

Ask Seek Knock

When we consider Jesus’ invitation to ask, seek, and knock, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Is it holiness?

Ordered toward Holiness

Remember Tevya singing “If I Were a Rich Man” in Fiddler on the Roof? He mentions that if he were rich, he wouldn’t have to work hard, build a tall house, and fill his yard with geese.

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Of course, all these things are what might immediately come to mind for anyone dreaming about riches. Yet, at the heart of the song arises the beauty of Tevya’s most ardent desire.

“If I were rich, I’d have the time that I lack to sit in the synagogue and pray, and maybe have a seat by the Eastern wall, and I’d discuss the holy books with the learned men, several hours every day. That would be the sweetest thing of all.”

That humble Jewish father understood that all blessings should enable a person to fulfill better his most essential duty: to know, love, and serve the Lord in this life so that he may be joined with Him forever in heaven.

Many modern people crave wealth, fame, knowledge, or admiration. While none of these in themselves is wrong, we must ask ourselves: Do we seek holiness?

If we work toward holiness, those other aspects might be added to us, and they will not harm our souls. Yet we have only to look upon the Hollywood elites to see that fame and fortune, intelligence and admiration, can lead to our moral demise if we are not first rooted in God’s ways.

Wisdom of Solomon

King Solomon was the one biblical figure who received an offer to have any wish fulfilled, as told in 2 Chronicles 1:7–12. Solomon considered the many possibilities and eventually requested a portion of God’s great wisdom to rule his people well and fulfill his kingly responsibility.

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It seems that in making this humble choice, he already displayed astounding wisdom.

“[Solomon replied]…‘You have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth. Now grant me wisdom and knowledge so that I may lead these people, for who can judge this great people of Yours?’”

As any parent can imagine, God was very pleased with Solomon’s humble request. He happily granted Solomon’s request, responding:

“Since this was in your heart, and you have not requested riches, wealth, or glory, or …[even] long life, but you have requested for yourself wisdom and knowledge that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king, wisdom and knowledge are given to you.

I will also give you riches, wealth, and glory, unlike what was given to the kings who were before you, or will be given to those after you.”

Thus, King Solomon was known throughout the ages as the wisest king whose kingdom was filled with the greatest splendor. We can learn from this holy king to submit a humble request to do our duties well, no matter our given state in life.

When we ask, seek, knock after virtues that will allow us to be more Christlike, God will answer our request until we are truly fulfilled.

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In the area of Chocó there is a wild war. On the one hand, illegal guerrillas, on the other, army and police. The worst victims of the war are not the soldiers, but the communities of Indians and Afro-Colombians, native people living there. Click ‘Donate Now’ to read more.

$1,948 of $10,000 raised

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In the area of ​​Chocó there is a wild war. On the one hand, illegal guerrillas, on the other, army and police.

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New casualties are reported daily in these territories. In the forests inhabited by natives, the illegal army chases them out of their territory; burning their homes, killing men, raping women, bombing houses so they need to move out, elsewhere - always where the land is poor and living conditions impoverished.

People flee their homes to the settlement of Riosucio, where they live in extreme misery, poverty, desperate because they cannot return home. Missionaries want to help these people, but unfortunately, they often lack the resources to work effectively.

They want to rebuild their missionary library, to provide people with space for music and theater activities, where young people will be able to get in touch with their roots and culture.

Two of our missionaries spent one whole month in Riosucio and they wrote a lot about the situation there. If you are interested to know more, check out their articles here >>

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