Today’s Reading - Matthew 7:1-29
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; 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? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 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 good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. - Matthew 7:7-12
Assumptions can lead to wrong conclusions. We assume a certain result without knowing all the information and end up surprised or disappointed. When we project assumptions into scriptural texts often a wide range of misunderstanding follows. We are very familiar with the verses for today. Ask, seek, and knock. Assumption comes when we think what is given or what we will find or what door is opened will be exactly the same as what we are asking for or seeking or the door will yield our desired result. What is promised in the text is there will be a response from God and what is received will be a good gift from the Father. Understanding the text without assumption eliminates human error and allows God to do what is best for us and for the kingdom. We can rest in the assurance God will respond out of the context of His goodness and not in any way which will be detrimental to us. In Jesus’ illustration stones and snakes would not be best for us or for the kingdom. The response might be exactly what we expect or it might be better. I don’t know about you but I want what God knows is best. To ask, seek and knock without assuming into the text is a prayer of faith, believing in what we cannot see. God is always on the move to help us mature in our faith, to make us into holy vessels. Don’t shy away from asking or seeking or knocking, just don’t assume the expected response is the correct response. God might have something excellent in mind.
Heavenly Father, thank you for always responding out of the goodness of your heart when we ask or seek or knock. Let us live into the idea that you always have our best in mind and will move according to your will. Give us strength to live into the faith of praying without knowing. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.