As we begin the new year, Converge churches and missionaries from around the globe will embark on 21 Days of Prayer. Join us on this prayer journey by reading the daily entries on Converge’s blog, or by downloading your free 21 Days of Prayer: Upside-down Kingdom guide (English/Spanish). In addition, you can share daily posts from our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds. Thank you for joining us as we open 2022 in prayer together.
Day 17: Ask, seek, knock
7“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
9“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”
Jesus’ very presence on this earth is testament to God’s wanting us to know him. If you want to know what God is like, look at Jesus. In this person, God has revealed himself in such a way that we can begin to understand and relate to his personality, feelings and will. But we play a role in how well we know him.
In this teaching, Jesus clearly communicates the power of pursuit. Ask, seek and knock, and the God of the universe will give, reveal and open the door. What an amazing promise! Luke expounds on verse 11 when he quotes Jesus: “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him” (Lk. 11:13).
As if the person of Jesus weren’t enough already for God to reveal himself, he gave us the Person of the Holy Spirit. He dwells within us, whispers to us, works through us and connects us by the depths of who we are to one another and to our Father. Our job is to ask, seek and knock for more.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill me new with your presence. My understanding of you is a drop in the ocean and so I eagerly seek to know more of you. In this moment, I simply want to be with you and give you space to speak to me. (Pause. Give time for what God wants to speak or reveal to you in this moment). Amen.
Continue your prayer journey throughout the year with Converge. Download the 2022 Converge Prayer Calendar to join us as we pray for missionaries, church planters, chaplains and district and national staff members.
You can also join a global prayer network and meet virtually with others to pray for the missionaries, people and specific needs of one of Converge International Ministries’ global initiatives.
Excerpt from 21 Days of Prayer: Upside-Down Kingdom written by Robert Watson and Justin Martz.
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