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Ask, Seek, Knock! A good habit!

In GreekMatthew 7:7 – Αιτειτε και δοθησεται υμιν, ζητειτε και ευρησετε,  κρουετε και ανοιγσεται υμιν·

Looking at each of the verbs here we see that  αιειτε, ζητειτε, and κρουετε are each in the present active imperative with the present being in a customary sense as in “make it a habit” to ask, seek, knock – in other words: ask and keep on asking, seek and keep on seeking, knock and keep on knocking.  

Good morning Heavenly Father. Thank you for the wind. I can’t see where it is coming from nor where it is going. I can’t even see it, yet I know it is there because I can feel it. I might not be able to see you Heavenly Father, but I can feel you all around me, so I know that you are there. Thank you also for the scripture for today’s prayer, which is one of the few places where scripture points out what we should be striving to make a habit in our lives… make it a habit to ask… make it a habit to seek… make it a habit to knock:

[Jesus said:] Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8)

Lord, I’m here again. I’m here to sit with you. I’m here on behalf of your daughter Lindsey. Today, I pray over your habits Lindsey. You may have a habit of practicing on your violin (or even in the air while sitting in a car… click to see it). Jesus seems to be suggesting that you add another habit to your life (or is this already firmly in place for you?) To become a habit, we must actually do something repeatedly for a while. And so, today I pray that you would keep in tune to the Lord as you walk with him each day. Ask for what you need. Seek the opportunities. Knock at doors so they may open to you. And then do it all over again the next day (or even the next hour). Be persistent. And Lord, I pray that you would open the appropriate doors when Lindsey knocks. I pray that you would reveal to her all that she seeks after. And I pray that her asking would not be in vain, but that you give to her when you hear her asking. The glory is all yours Lord. Glory! I pray this in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen

HCSB:
Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

NLT:
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. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

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KJV translation note

The King James Version is a beautiful translation of the original Hebrew and Greek, however I sometimes find Old English hard to understand fully. 1 or 2 other translations can help clarify what it is saying so I can understand it. More Info CLICK: References