What are we asking for? What are we seeking? Where are we knocking?

A few thoughts on Matthew 7:7 — a pretty well known saying of Jesus: 

“Ask and it will be given to you; 

seek and you will find;

knock and it will be opened to you.”

What is given?  That which is asked for.   The giver is God.  

What is found?  That which is sought.  The one to be found is God.  

What is opened?  That which is knocked upon.  The door leads to the Kingdom of God.  

When I was a kid, I would ask for crazy things.  I wanted my own functional Proton Pack.  This was not given to me.  But I did get a toy Proton Pack, which is really what I wanted — a backpack, hose, and a wand, so I could neutralize ghosts.  When he was a kid, my Dad wanted a rock tumbler.  Today, my kid wants a Tony Stark heart — a functional Tony Stark heart.  He will get a cup wrapped with copper and backed by a battery powered LED.  That’s all he really wants, anyway. 

But back to our topic.  Ask, seek, knock.  Is God offering to provide literally anything?  I’m not sure.  Taken out of context, it looks like you can snag whatever you want.  Jesus is talking about God our Father.  Like a Father, God gives us what we need and not what we ask for.  Then again, I have to wonder if our “crazy” asks in prayer are enough to move His heart.  Just like my kids do to my daddy heart. 

I don’t think that the take away here is that we should only ask for the right things, seek the right things, knock on the right doors.  If that were the case, Jesus would have spelled it out like that.  The take away is to ask, to seek, to knock.  As a practice.  As a way of life.  Prayer changes the pray-er, and perhaps all that conversation with the Father will have a good effect, even if we do ask for something crazy.