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"Ask, Seek, Knock"

November 24, 2003

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"Ask and it will be given you; seek and you shall find; knock and the door will be opened to you." Matthew 7:7

God has given to us the privilege of prayer. Because of Jesus' death on the cross, our sins are forgiven and our relationship with the Father is restored. We can talk with Him about our problems, praising Him for His mercy and abundant blessings.

Have we prayed often for a relative who doesn't know Christ, for healing, or for a new job? Whatever the prayer, we can be confident that God hears us. Our Savior desires that we talk with Him about all our concerns -- to ask, seek, and knock. He want us to be persistent. He speaks in a parable about a man who, during the night, went to a neighbor and got what he wanted -- bread for a visitor -- because he kept asking.

Praying diligently is hard. Satan likes to put obstacles in our way. Our sinful human nature causes us to forget to pray. We try to work out problems on our own. But God's Word reminds us that God is the One we must rely on. God has told us that without Him we can do nothing.

Let's continue praying! What a privilege to take all our cares to the God who has promised to answer!

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, we thank You for the privilege and power of prayer in Jesus' name. Amen.

(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996 (out of print), Concordia Publishing House. For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)

Today's Bible Readings: Ezekiel 22-23    1 Peter 1

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