God’s Open-Door Policy

June 8, 2020

7 “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, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 9 Who among you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him.

Matthew 7:7-11

Written by Janet Waters from the Brentwood Campus

It was time for the “Old Fashioned Revival Hour” radio program to go on air from Waterloo, Iowa. As Dr. Charles Fuller stood on the platform, a heavy rain began to fall. It pounded on the tin roof, making it impossible to hear. Dr. Fuller prayed, “Lord, if You do not stop the rain, we won’t be able to do our broadcast. Please make it stop.” Within a few minutes, the rain stopped. The broadcast went on without interference. Five minutes after the broadcast was finished there was again a torrential downpour. Coincidence? No, this is the power of prayer.

The greatest invitation extended to us by God is the door of prayer. Do you stand at the door with wistful thinking and refuse to enter the grace God promised? The tragedy of prayerlessness is choosing to turn away from God for other things: overcommitment, busyness, television, email, computer games, exhaustion, etc.

God sustains us through prayer. Our prayers are heard based on the righteous standing of Jesus. Therefore, in faith we can pray with great confidence as the door is opened to the holy of holies and the unshakable riches of Christ. Christ is the key that unlocks the door to God’s treasury.

  1. ASK—with confidence and humility—and it shall be given to you.
    Salvation, forgiveness, restoration, provision, etc.
  1. SEEK—with care and application—and ye shall find.
    God’s will, peace, hope, joy, comfort, etc.
  1. KNOCK—with earnestness and perseverance—and the door will be opened.
    The door is Jesus (John 10:9).

God’s riches are available to you. Choose His door.

Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. In the Act of Askingyou are looking to the One who can help.
  2. In the Act of Seekingyou are being led by the Holy Spirit.
  3. In the Act of Knockingyou are revealing that you’re not giving up until God answers.

(Loosely based on The Christian Open Door, by Grant Adams, 12/2/19, and The Sermon on the Mount (part 19), by Derrick Tuper 2/3/20.)

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