From the Pastor’s Heart

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find;
knock, and it shall be opened unto you,
Matthew 7:7

Dear Members and Friends of the Church of Peace!

Our Lord Jesus Christ puts the following words to our hearts: Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you,” Matthew 7:7

Prayer is one of the most blessed places where the heart can go to meet the Lord. In Luke 11:1 we read, "And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples." The Lord Jesus is teaching us In Matthew 7:7 what is contained in prayer; He is teaching us how to pray.

In His Sermon on the Mount, our Saviour sets forth the distinction so we are able to "...discern between the righteous and the wicked, between those that serve God and those who serve him not,"  Maleachi 3:18.

Jesus has given such heart-searching admonitions against hypocritical judgment as in Mathew 7:1-6. These verses tell us not to judge and of the beam of self-righteousness which we have by nature in our own eye; then He teaches us that we are not to cast that which is holy before dogs. All of these are admonitions.

He now turns to our need to pray for that Spirit of Christ as we see in His teaching in Luke 11:9-13, Luke's counterpart to our text.

Seen in the context of the whole Scripture, we realise the Lord Jesus is teaching us, in the passage, that we must have the Holy Spirit in order to rightly understand the commandments which He just gave us in verses 1-6. We must have that Spirit of Christ. Therefore, He is teaching us, "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you,"

We are to ask for the Spirit of Christ to enable us to observe the things He has just commanded. We need that Spirit, so we come in a humble, childlike spirit to our fellow man when we come to exhort him, so we do not come in a self-righteous, hypocritical attitude.

We cannot expect to receive anything unless we ask in the Spirit of Christ, and in His name. Look at John 15:7, "If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you." That sounds like a very broad statement, but it is qualified. If you abide in me means in the Spirit of Christ.

How can He make such a broad statement? When you ask in the Spirit of Christ, you are not asking anything outside His will. If you abide in His Spirit, you will never ask for anything outside the will of God. "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you."  We are to ask for the Spirit of Christ, especially considering Luke's account, as the main thrust of our prayers. We are to ask in total submission in the spirit, in which Christ prayed, "...nevertheless not as I will, but as you will," Matthew 26:39b. That is the Spirit of Christ in which we must ask.

We must ask in a childlike faith with a forgiving spirit. Remember in the verses Matthew 7:1-6, Jesus taught about hypocritical judging. He talked about judging, forgiving, the need of exhortation, and bringing forth the faults of our fellow man. How must we do this? The answer is prayerfully, in the Spirit of Christ, and in a forgiving spirit.

Yours in Christ
Pastor i.r  Andreas Wernecke