Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7
Lately, this scripture has frequently come to my mind. I feel the Holy Spirit prompting me to ask, seek, and knock with more intensity for something He desires to share with me. With all the voices surrounding and calling for our attention, there is power in the voice of the Holy Spirit like no other. I think the most beautiful voice in the world is the voice of the Holy Spirit, speaking to my spirit. He speaks in ways that pass my ears and go straight to my heart. His voice enriches my life with blessings unseen to the eye but ever present to the heart.
When I sense the Lord calling to me to stop and listen through the prompts of the Spirit, I pray, "Help me slow down, I don’t want to miss this moment with You. Settle my soul so I may hear from You. You prompt me to ask earnestly, seek intensely, and knock persistently for more of Jesus. Your Spirit gives me the desire and answers the longing of my heart to follow Jesus. Capture me with Your relentless love and let me share it with others. Lord, take me deeper."
I don’t think I am alone in the cry of my heart. Maybe you feel this way too?
We can ask many questions, seek many things, and knock on many doors in our busy world. Voices come from many directions and all want their share of our attention, but if we can pull away from the demands of the temporary and turn our focus to the eternal we will find the clarity we need and the purpose we search for.
- Ask. When we sincerely ask, we are humbling ourselves as a response to the Holy Spirit moving on our hearts enabling us to recognize our spiritual poverty. It is actually through the Holy Spirit working in our life that we recognize our need of a Savior. He nudges our hearts and reveals the depths of His love and the darkness our sin. Recognizing our need is the perfect place to start. Our Lord knows how fragile we are and His desire to meet us in our weakness offering His wholeness, and that's what makes our relationship with Him so indescribable. We begin asking by acknowledging that the Holy Spirit is already at work in our life leading us to ask.
- Seek. Seek Jesus with all your heart and mind. Exercise diligence through reading portions of the Bible daily. Spend time with other believers and talk with them about what the Holy Spirit is showing you in the scriptures. Encourage others as followers to search the Word of God for themselves. It is not about speedreading and making a check list of the passages you have read. It is about understanding the Scriptures in light of the context and seeing the nature and character of God. The Holy Spirit reveals Jesus to us on every page in the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. When the Holy Spirit stirs your heart as you read a certain passage, stay there awhile. He wants to communicate the deeper meaning of the Scripture. The deeper meaning is a treasure! Slow down. Listen. Spiritual growth is not a race; it is a journey.
- Knock. Just as we put forth the physical action of knocking on a door with the expectation of it being opened, we do the same thing in the spiritual. We put our faith into action. The Holy Spirit gently touches our hearts allowing us the opportunity to take our eyes off ourselves and on to others. We begin to see others the way that Jesus does. As this occurs the Spirit then prompts us to do something about what we see. He begins to impart to us kingdom vision, seeing what God sees and calling us to join Him in the redemptive process. Where He calls us to serve becomes our passion. The gifts He gives us enables us to do what He has placed on our heart. Yes, He even equips us for what He has called us to do! However, He does need our obedience to step out in faith. Perseverance births our potential and propels the vision God has placed on our hearts if we choose to yield to the working of His Spirit. I have found through experience that you will not know what He has placed within you until you start knocking on the doors and put your faith into action. Empowerment comes when our eyes are off of ourselves and on to Him. He is who we are asking, seeking, and knocking to know and make known. Follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, He will enable you to do what He has called you to do. There is an old saying in ministry that I find to be true: God does not call the qualified, but qualifies the called.
There are many wonderful things waiting to happen as we earnestly humble ourselves, diligently seek and surrender our steps to Him.
The voice of the Holy Spirit calls to us to come and discover the immeasurable blessings of the joy filled life. The Spirit is moving. Are you asking? Are you seeking? Are you knocking? Your calling awaits…
Central's Director of Congregational Care