Ask, Seek, and Knock Facts for 3-8 Year Olds

(Matthew 7:7-11)

Categories: Sermon on the Mount

  • Doing what Jesus wants is hard.
  • The only way to do it is to have a close relationship with the God, our Father, through prayer.
  • Jesus doesn’t want us just to say words over and over again and call that prayer.
  • He does want disciples to “ask, seek, and knock.”
  • To help remember: A = ask; S = seek; K = knock.
  • Jesus has been commanding his disciples not to react, but to “think,” to do what is hard.
  • In order to be able to do this, disciples need wisdom and guidance. This comes from the Father.
  • So Jesus says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
  • The three words, “ask, seek, and knock,” are all written in a way that means the action continues.
  • Disciples are to keep on asking, seeking, and knocking.
  • “It will be given” means that God is doing the giving.
  • This does not mean, however, that we should pray for a new bike.
  • Prayer doesn’t change God’s purpose or create His desire to give to us.
  • It changes us; it opens the way for God to give to us.
  • Prayer makes us aware of our need.
  • This is also the most encouraging Biblical passage on prayer in the entire Sermon.
  • Now if you didn’t get it the first time, Jesus repeats it in the next sentence.
  • “For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”
  • So six times in two verses, Jesus is begging us to pray.
  • And he says, “everyone”!
  • Furthermore, each word gets a little harder to do.
  • The person asking is in need of something and is willing to admit it – that’s humility.
  • That person also expects an answer. Asking God in prayer means we expect that God will answer.
  • “Seeking” takes “asking” one step farther: we need to act.
  • “Knocking” goes farther yet: we need to persevere (keep on asking and seeking and knocking over and over, even if it’s hard).
  • Each one demands a little stronger effort on our part.
  • And the way the words are written says we need to make prayer a habit—pray again and again.
  • It might be helpful to remember that the words “receives, finds, and opens” are all in the present tense too. That means they happen now.
  • What happens if your prayers aren’t answered in the way you want?
  • Well, let’s remember that God answers prayer in His way, not our way. Just because we didn’t get what we expect to get does not mean that God doesn’t answer our prayer. God may say we need something different.
  • And God’s way is always full of wisdom and with love.
  • And we don’t have to wait.
  • According to Jesus, praying does make a difference.
  • Jesus continues, “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake.”
  • “Bread and fish” are every day, ordinary staples of life, like a daily meal. “Stones and serpents” look a little bit like them.
  • The serpent/snake, in this case, is probably an eel, which is considered unclean.
  • “Bread and fish” are useful; the others are not.
  • Earthly fathers provide for their children on a daily basis.
  • Then comes a marvelous statement.
  • “If 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!”
  • This may not make a lot of sense. If someone is evil, they aren’t usually generous, thoughtful, and kind.
  • So it makes more sense that the word “evil” is just used to make a huge contrast between us and the incredibly wonderful, unconditional goodness of the heavenly Father.
  • It is meant to illustrate the opposite ends of a line.
  • If someone on one end of the line can give good gifts, just imagine the abundance of good gifts we can expect from the Father who is on the opposite end of the line!
  • Once again, we read, “How much more will your Father give….”
  • The Father gives good things, spiritual things.
  • He shows amazing readiness to give His asking children what is good for them.
  • And this is key. He gives to “those who ask him.”
  • Throughout this passage, Jesus has been commanding us to “ask!”