DEVOTION – DAY 35

Matthew 7:7-8 – “Ask, Seek, Knock”

Matthew 7:7-8: “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 the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

Many Christians would pray to God for what they think are important concerns but they would not want to trouble God with what they think are small issues and concerns in their lives. Is that true for you? But in Matthew 7:7-8, Jesus who spoke these words did not distinguish that we are to only go to God in prayer for our major concerns. We are to ask and so long as what we ask are in accordance to His Will for us and we pray persistently for it, He will answer our prayers.

Looking back over the past months, we can marvel at how faithful God had been to answer our persistent prayers in a time of Covid-19 trials. At the start of the Covid-19 outbreak, during Prayer Watch, we prayed for relief for the people of Wuhan and today, the city is getting back on its feet. When Pastor David Cheng went home to be with the Lord as Malaysia’s first Covid-19 death case, we prayed for recovery for his family members who were tested positive from the virus. Today, his family have all recovered. We prayed for Pastor Daniel Ho’s wife, Doris, who also had Covid-19. She too recovered. We knew that many of our Myanmar congregations would be in financial distress because of the lockdown so we prayed for funds and provisions in order to help our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ who were in need. God answered our prayers abundantly. Funds were donated by members and well-wishers into our Covid-19 Charity Fund. The Lions Club partnered with KLBC to provide box lunches for needy Myanmar families in the Bukit Bintang area. The Rotary Club of Gombak Charity Foundation sponsored groceries to feed 40 families in the Cheras area for 11 days. The Dragon I restaurant chain sponsored some food. KLBC received fresh vegetables from Cameron Highlands to distribute to those in need. We continue to pray for God’s protection for our Church family from infection.

But we do not take God for granted. We practise social distancing. We follow sanitization procedures. We conduct church services online. We minimize personal contact so that the risks of infection were reduced and we pray unceasingly for everyone’s safety. We trust that when we ask, seek and knock, God will hear and answer our prayers.

Let us pray: Heavenly Father, thank you for graciously answering our prayers more than we can imagine. Thank you for your faithfulness. In Jesus Christ name we pray. Amen. 

 

Questions

  1. Do you pray for only major issues in your life or do you go to the Lord in prayer for issues big or small?
  2. In what ways will you align your prayer requests to God’s Will?
  3. How regularly do you pray to God and how persistent are your prayers?
  4. What changes will you make to your prayer life?