Do you have a favorite “go to” phrase that you use when in a funk or needing motivation?
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
The sky is the limit.
Winners never quit and quitters never win.
Be the best version of you.
or quotes such as these…
“Will you look back on life and say, “I wish I had,” or “I’m glad I did”?”
~ Zig Ziglar
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
C. S. Lewis
Have you heard the phrase “Ask, seek, knock”?
This week as I was reading and spending time with God, I was given a new phrase. A three word mantra that Jesus first shared as He was teaching the crowd on the mountain. Ask. Seek. Knock. Three words with so much meaning. A reminder of how to pray when life is unbalanced.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8
Ask, seek, knock. God’s anthem for our life. God’s call to deepen our relationship with Him.
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God seeks communion with us. And even though He knows our every thought even before it is an inkling, He desires to hear the very words that are in our hearts. His heart longs to beat in sync with ours and will when we share our thanks, heartaches, discouragement or praises. Jesus clearly taught us to ask. Keeping our thoughts buried or stuffing our feelings will keep them hidden. But Jesus calls us to ask, seek, and knock. He is the answer to our questions, everything we need when we are searching and is the person patiently waiting on the other side of the door when we knock.
God is our purpose, hope, joy and understanding. Pursue God with all you have in you. Ask for more wisdom, hope or joy. God will give them to you. Nothing pleases God more than when you seek Him with your whole heart.
May we speak to God openly by sharing our hidden needs knowing He loves when we seek Him as the answer to our questions and the response to our every need.
Ask, Seek, Knock. A three word mantra straight from Jesus to you. Speak it and believe it today!
In grace and peace,
Linking with Lisha @Give Me Grace
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Ask and it will be given to you.
Seek and ye shall find.
Knock…and the door shall be opened onto you.
To think that this is one simple set of three words that we find in God’s word. Isn’t it amazing how he leaves nuggets like this all throughout the Bible? Thank you for being here and affirming these three words, ask, seek, knock, given to us by our amazing God.
Such a good word, Mary. Your words,”Keeping our thoughts buried or stuffing our feelings will keep them hidden.” made me think just how many times I have conversations with myself instead of with HIM 🙁 I need to work on that! Blessings on your week, my friend!
I’m good at self talk but in the end it only gets me so far. I need God in all my conversations to show me the way. Praying we both ask, seek and knock knowing fully that God will open the door with all we need. Blessings!
Three very significant words indeed, Mary. I also hear them as, “I love you” because God is asking us to trust Him for and with everything, to be persistent believers and grateful receivers. He loves to give and desires us to seek earnestly after Him above all. And when we do? We discover there is deeper joy in the journey and can rest in knowing God provides for our every need. Thank you for the powerful words and inspiring image here. They remind me that God’s door is ever open and His ear always inclined in our direction. I may not have made it over here on Sunday but I’ve been greatly blessed in stopping by today! 🙂 x
I am blessed that you were touched by these words today. God is always whispering “I love you” to us and it is in our seeking and asking that we hear those words most often. May we all discover the joy in our journeys toward a deeper knowledge that God is our all in all. Hope you see and hear from God every time you knock this week! Many blessings to you my friend!
Love how you brought this around to our relationship with Him. I love those old church doors too.
There is something about old church doors that is so captivating. There is a question as well as promise as to what is on the other side of the door.
I am a relationship girl and God meets me in the connections that I seek with him and others. Thank you for blessing me by stopping by.
Sure loved seeing this and sure loved how you shared it! Bless you!!
I am always blessed when you stop by and leave such encouragement. I pray your week is blessed beyond what you can imagine!
You have to know how much I love this picture. The old church, the doors – images like this speak to me on a deep level. And of course the invitation. Ask. Seek. Knock. I think of this mantra whenever I see a door. It’s a portal of potential, of grace, and the hope of something new. Thanks for reminding me how much I love those three words. Have a great week Mary!
I do know how you love pictures like these! 🙂 I love hearing that you when you see a door you think of ask, seek , knock. It is a beautiful invitation for all of us to lay it all before Jesus. He will gladly take the burden and make it into something new and beautiful. So lovely to have you here today, Lisha! Your words are a blessing for all of us. Praying for you for strength as you begin this week and all it will bring.
Perfect encouragement for this Sabbath Day, Mary. I hadn’t tied these words so much to relationship with God before, as you are doing here. I’m asking to go deeper with Him.
I love knowing that God is craving relationship with us as much as we hopefully are for Him. Admitting that we cannot live life without Him is showing Him that we trust Him with everything-kurt good, bad and ugly. Glad you stopped by and spent some time letting these words soak in to your experience today.
Hi Mary! This short passage from Scripture is like a plea for us to stop and take care of our relationship with Christ. He is actually asking us to look for Him! And reach out every time we need Him (which, let’s face it, is always!), because He wants to be there. He wants to say ‘yes’. What love that is!!
Praying I’ll learn this lesson more and more,
Praying with you today, Ceil that the lesson of ask, seek and knock is one that I can humbly submit to knowing full well that God’s got this. It is a beautiful call to love on our part and His answer of love and grace in return.
May we ask, seek and knock boldly and know that God is smiling on the other side of that door. Blessings as you travel through this week!
Beautiful Sunday offering! I need to continually remind myself that I can go boldly before the throne of God. When I ask in accordance with God’s perfect and holy will, He will answer. He continually bids us come, ask, seek, knock, and you will find. Thank you for this wonderful reminder!
Blessings and Happy Sabbath to you,
It does take a sense of boldness and humility to take our messiness straight to the throne of God. He already knows all but it requires us to admit that we do not. Praying for you this week and counting the blessing of having you as part of this community. Love and hugs!
I find myself singing, ‘Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy on me …’ more and more, Mary. And praying the same for us as families, churches, and for our country in this most unsettled time.
We need so much more of Him … and far far less of our own importance.
It takes humility to admit that we need God more than we need anything or anyone else. It is an area that I continue to work on in my own life. I will join you in singing “Lord have mercy” because we need Him now more than ever. Let us all be humble enough to ask, seek and knock on the door and know that God is waiting there expectantly for us.
I always treasure this time to together! Blessings on your week!
I don’t want to be too proud to make this my mantra. Ask, seek and knock puts my heart in a posture of receiving – very vulnerable and very dependent. James reminds us that when we ask, God does not rebuke us. Cherishing truth tonight, Mary. Thanks for serving it up in this lovely space.
I understand why you say you don’t want to be too proud to make this your mantra and you are right that we are on the receiving end when we ask, seek and knock. But how wonderful is it to know how much God desires for us to come to Him with everything? He wants to hear and know our every thought and we need to voice them to Him. I run into being too proud to ask for anything because even in my weakness, I still believe I can do it on my own or do it better. That gets me into trouble every time.
Thank you as always for lending your heart and thoughts to this page. It is such a blessing.