Words from the Heart for Wednesday May 11th, 2016
“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 to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Matthew 7:7-8 (NIV)
Opening the Door of Blessing
How many times have you not brought a request to God and yet He met your need? How much more might He respond to our requests if we would pray with persistence and seek with sincerity?
From April to October each year, communities across Ontario open the doors to some of the province’s most intriguing and charming heritage sites. The idea for Doors Open Ontario was birthed in France in 1984. The idea soon spread to neighbouring countries, including the Netherlands, Sweden, the Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Scotland. In 1991, these events were united as European Heritage Days at the initiative of the Council of Europe. In 2003, all 48 signatory states of the European Cultural Convention participated in European Heritage Days. In 2000, the City of Toronto launched the first Doors Open event in North America and two years later, the Ontario Heritage Trust launched Doors Open Ontario, the first province wide event of its kind in Canada. The Doors Open concept continues to spread across North America with events now being held in Newfoundland and Alberta and a number of US states and cities.
The God we follow is such a gracious God. He has promised to supply all we need to live a life that honours Him and brings glory to His name. In the Old Testament He is named Jehovah Jireh, the Lord who provides, and He faithfully provided for every need the people of Israel had while they were in the wilderness for 40 years, in spite of their hardheartedness that was the reason for their decades of wandering. Jesus speaks to His provision as well, in 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 to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” The tense used is the present active imperative, and the New Living Bible does a great job translating the verse: “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” Jesus is inviting His people to press on in prayer, and when we do, He will open the door of blessing. About what do you need to press on in prayer? Don’t give up. This is a command with a promise, and it’s worth being obedient in consistent prayer in order to receive the blessing of God’s provision.
These have been words from the heart.