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Seek and Ye Shall Find
by Wayne Blank
"Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil." (Luke 11:2-4 KJV)
The most important element of those spoken words however is the attitude of humility and faith in the mind of anyone who prays to God. Without it, they are mere words.
"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you"
Jesus Christ often taught things about God by using examples of how humans respond to one another. The verses below are actually an explanation of the purpose of the Lord's prayer.
"And He said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?
The point of His using that example?
"And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened." (Luke 11:9-10 KJV)
Christ then went on with a more specific example of how, like human parents, God the Father will always respond to His children's cries, one way or another. Notice however that the Father's response isn't necessarily a matter of rescue or healing, but to "give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him." The Father responds first with what will ultimately "deliver us from evil" - His Holy Spirit that is the Light to guide His children toward the eternal life in which "God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away" (Revelation 21:4 KJV).
"If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
Fact Finder: What is the ultimate purpose of "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness" (Genesis 1:26 KJV)?