Thursday, March 1, 2018

BIBLE JOURNALING | ASK SEEK KNOCK

bible journaling luke 11 _ask seek knock


SCRIPTURE - LUKE 11: 9-10

So I say unto you; 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 the one who knocks, the door will be opened

 LUKE 11:9-10

OBSERVATION & APPLICATION - LUKE 11: 9


I wanted to talk briefly on what I observed from Luke 11:9. If you're reading the bible from front to back this isn't the first time we see this lesson from Jesus documented. In Matthew 7:7-8 we read Jesus speak these very words, in fact it's written several times throughout the gospels. Jesus is teaching his followers and disciples how to have effective prayer. Jesus gives us three very different steps to achieve effective prayer. It was a valuable lesson in that time and still one of the most important lessons to be applied to our present life. 

In Luke 11:9 the main thing that I observe is that there are three action words;
ASK, SEEK, KNOCK. 

Let's talk about each one.

#1 ASK

bible journaling luke 11 _ask seek knock

The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of asking for something is the way I teach my children to ask for something. I'm a very big advocate of manners and respect. It's important to me that my kids have respect for elders and others. As their mom I expect the upmost respect and their Father, well, probably even more. I also hold them to a certain standard of manners. To say please and thank you. When I pray I think it's important to show respect for God, and our Savior, Jesus. I don't go demanding for things, just as I wouldn't tolerate being demanded to do something by one of my children. I think it's paramount to reverence the Lord when speaking and asking things of Him. 
And I think it's paramount to especially reverence His will. 

I think one of the biggest lessons on prayer that we should know as Christians is that we shouldn't except our prayers to be answered the way we want them to be, we should expect that God will answer our prayers in the way he sees fit for us. Yes, sometimes we don't understand the way He answers or perhaps doesn't. 

The promise that is spoken in these verses doesn't mean that God will answers our prayers according to our will but rather to His will and what He sees best for us. 

Isn't that just like a parent, just like a Father? To always be looking out for us. Even when we don't know what's best for ourselves, He does. He understands our desires but sees the past, present, and future and knows exactly what prayers to answer so that we can have and live the best life for His will. 

It's just like our relationship with our own children, if we gave into every request or said yes to every question, what would happen? I know for my own kids, they'd be sucked into technology 24 hours a day, eating nothing but sugary foods, displaying bad attitudes and unruly behavior. Anyone with me here? But our jobs as moms and dads is to make sure that doesn't happen because we have enough knowledge to know that it will if the right things aren't done, the request approved or not.  

God, as our father,  in His perfect wisdom, gives us what we don't even know to ask for. Gives us what we don't even know we need.

#2 SEEK

bible journaling luke 11 _ask seek knock

bible journaling luke 11 _ask seek knock

One of the ways I study God's Word is by defining words, seeing other meanings and applications. Let's define the word "seek".

Seek (v): To look for, search for, hunt for, call out.

Call out for? I think that's a great way to think about seeking God. God is many things, a deliver, redeemer, a comforter, a friend, a healer, a Father. I think it's important to call out to God in the way we need Him to present His self to us. Do we need forgiveness? Comfort? Healing? What are we seeking, who are we seeking?


bible journaling luke 11 _ask seek knock

Another important thing I think about when I'm seeking Jesus is how do I physically seek Him? Where is He? In my personal studies I've come up with at least 3 ways to physically seek Him.

#1 Prayer -This is Obvious!
#2 Through His Word- Reading His Word often will help bring forth His presence and direction.
#3 Through His Creation - Have you ever sat outside and felt the wind, climbed a moutain and marveled at the beauty of the overlook. Perhaps it's a simple as looking into your child's eyes, or feeling loved or happy. God's presence is all round us.

When we do these things and we do them often, we begin to feel the Lord and we begin to be constantly aware of His availability.

#3 KNOCK 

bible journaling luke 11 _ask seek knock

bible journaling luke 11 _ask seek knock

bible journaling luke 11 _ask seek knock



PRAYER

Now that we've read and studied the scripture I'd like to offer a prayer.

Dear Heavenly Father, 

Open my eyes to see you, my ears to hear you, my heart to love you. Will you help me to know what I need to ask from you? Will you help me to seek your will in my life? I surrender my life for you're purpose. Use me to serve you and lead other's to you. Direct my way, every step of it. 

In Your Holy Name,
Amen


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