You know those times when you feel spiritually on fire? It makes you feel capable of anything, if only God told you to. And in an opposite way, we can feel astonishingly depressed if we get the feeling that God just isn’t there. That He’s deserted us, doesn’t care about us, is letting all these bad things happen–but these are all lies, being fed to you by the Father of Lies (John 8:44), the Devil. But what we need to understand is this seemingly “inattention” from God is not something He’s doing, but what we’re doing. Or, rather, what we aren’t doing.
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 to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
These two verses, Matthew 7:7-8, aren’t exactly saying that if we ask for something, no matter what it is, we’ll get it. Can you imagine what a disaster that would be?! But what it is saying is that if we ask, we will receive an answer. And if we seek, we will find. In the same sense, it is saying that if we do not ask, we won’t be answered; if we do not seek, we will not find. It kind of makes sense, doesn’t it? I mean, imagine you’re playing a game of hide-and-seek (I know what you’re thinking, but bear with me!). Let’s say you’re it, and the other person goes to hide. Now what happens if you don’t play the “seek” part of the game? You will never find them. They will stay hidden (until they get bored and decide to come out, but here ends the metaphor).
The point is that we can’t expect to find something if we don’t look for it. If you wanted a specific video game for your birthday, how will your parents know what to get if you don’t ask for it? Just like that, we need to ask God through prayer if there’s something we need. We can’t just expect Him to supply it for us if we don’t even ask! And if we yearn to draw closer to God, how do we expect to do that if we don’t seek Him?
If you don’t know where to start, here are a few tips: (1) Pray. Whether your realize it or not, these one-on-one conversations with God are very powerful. He listens; all you have to do is ask. (2) Read your Bible. If you think about it, most of us spend a ton of time watching TV, on the computer, playing sports, or hanging out with friends. And while I’m not saying that any of these things are wrong, would it really hurt to take a little bit of time out of your day to read God’s living Word? If you think you’re too busy, get up ten minutes earlier! You will benefit more from your time with God than from that extra ten minutes of sleep. (3) Fellowship with other believers. Christians can be very encouraging. All it takes is a little wisdom in choosing who you will open your mind to receive advice and encouragement from (but remember that God or the Bible, not other people, should be your first choice when you need advice).
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