January 8, 2007

Ask, Seek, Knock in 2007

John Piper gave a message from Matthew 7:7-12 on New Year's Eve 2006 encouraging his congregation to pray in 2007. The whole message is excellent. You can read it, listen to it, or watch it here. Just to whet your appetite, here's an excerpt about praying when we don't feel God's nearness:

Ask. Seek. Knock. If a child’s father is present, he asks him for what he needs. If a child’s father is somewhere in the house but not seen, he seeks his father for what he needs. If the child seeks and finds the father behind the closed door of his study, he knocks to get what he needs. The point seems to be that it doesn’t matter whether you find God immediately close at hand, almost touchable with his nearness, or hard to see and even with barriers between, he will hear, and he will give good things to you because you looked to him and not another.


  1. Good word, Jeremy... a verse I have been looking at today was Ps 39:2 But when I was silent and still, not even saying anything good, my anguish increased.
    It seems that, for better or worse, it is always a good thing to pursue God... like a kid who runs to dad either laughing or crying! By being silent, we might just increase our anguish.

  2. Thanks Jef. I had never looked at that verse the way you pointed out.