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"For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. "
Matthew 7:1 "Judge not, that you be not judged.
Matthew 7:2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get.
Matthew 7:3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?
Matthew 7:4 Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when there is the log in your own eye?
Matthew 7:5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.
Matthew 7:6 "Do not give dogs what is holy; and do not throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under foot and turn to attack you.
Matthew 7:7 "Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
Matthew 7:8 For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
Matthew 7:9 Or what man of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?
Matthew 7:10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent?
Matthew 7:11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
Matthew 7:12 So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.
Matthew 7:13 "Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.
Matthew 7:14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
Matthew 7:15 "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
Matthew 7:16 You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles?
Matthew 7:17 So, every sound tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears evil fruit.
Matthew 7:18 A sound tree cannot bear evil fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.
Matthew 7:19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
Matthew 7:20 Thus you will know them by their fruits.
Matthew 7:21 "Not every one who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 7:22 On that day many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?'
Matthew 7:23 And then will I declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers.'
Matthew 7:24 "Every one then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock;
Matthew 7:25 and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.
Matthew 7:26 And every one who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand;
Matthew 7:27 and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it."
Matthew 7:28 And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching,
Matthew 7:29 for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.

All parts of this verse need to be done together: before we can ask, we need to be seeking Gods will by reading our Scripture; We need to have knocked at the door and made a public demonstration of our faith, yes my friends you need to go to church. Once we are doing this we can ask God for his will in our lives and accept the blessings he has in store for us.
Jesus tells us to persist in pursuing God. People often give up after a few half-hearted efforts and conclude that God cannot be found. But knowing God takes faith, focus, and follow-up. Jesus assures us that we will be rewarded. So don't give up in your efforts to find God my friends. Continue to ask him for more knowledge, patience, wisdom, love and understanding. He will reward you for your faithfullness by giving you what you seek.

http://www.brunstad.org/en/Faith-and-Life/Christianity-in-daily-life/Through-prayer-I-could-express-my-own-thoughts.htm
Through prayer I could express my own thoughts
Peter Reinhardt from Exter, Germany tells about his faith in prayer.

I grew up in a home where praying was not customary. But when I was about ten years old, I started praying by myself at night.

I prayed “The Lord’s Prayer” which I had learned in religion class, because that was the only prayer I knew. After a while I added parts of another prayer I had memorized.
I do not really know why I started praying.

Then it occurred to me that I could express my own thoughts in prayer. For a while I did that. I wrote on the inside of my bedpost, “God is kind, Jesus is kind.” This is how I expressed my thoughts about God and Jesus. I do not really know why I started praying as a child. Now I see it as “The Father drawing to the Son,” as it says in the Bible.

When I was eighteen I became acquainted with some believers through a school friend. The conversations we had and the meetings I attended had the effect on me that I knelt down and began praying to God again.

A few months later, God worked in me that I should live according to His will instead of my own desires and imaginations. I struggled with God; I felt so incredibly weak, but I still wanted the right relationship with Him. I felt tossed back and forth, and that God was asking me to make a choice. In this state of affairs, I made a deal with God. I said to Him that I would give up my lusts and desires under the condition that a specific thing would happen. God fulfilled the condition in such a way that I saw it as a miracle. This miracle manifested God’s love to me personally.

When I pray with pure motives, then I know and experience that God hears what I am saying.

Through the years I gained a strong and steadfast faith in my prayers through God’s Word, the message of the Church, and many experiences. When my motive for praying is pure, in other words, free of egotism—then I know and experience that God hears me. I also know that I will receive from Him what I have prayed for, as it is written in 1 Joh. 5:14-15.

A True Friend in time of Need

One of the most powerful experiences I have had is the following:

My father was an asthmatic and eventually got lung cancer in his old age. One night my mother told me that the doctor had said my father would die by slowly choking to death. It disturbed me greatly to hear that my kind, good father would suffer and die in such a terrible way. I prayed earnestly. I was reminded of the verse in Psalm 103:8: God is merciful and gracious,” but that did not remove my need. It was not until the thought came to me that “in the time of need you see who your real friends are” that my need turned to thankfulness. It was as if Jesus had spoken the words right into my heart. He was truly my Friend.

I drove to my parents the next day to help my mother take care of father. He had been using an oxygen tank for two weeks, every two hours. That night I had night-watch with him. It was completely quiet. I could hear his deep breaths beside me. In the morning my mother came into the bedroom. When she saw that Father was sleeping peacefully she went out again. A short time later he took his last breath. He passed over into eternity in complete peace: “merciful and gracious” as the Word says. I got to experience my true Friend in the time of need.

It is difficult to live here in this world without God. What a comfort and limitless help it is, on the other hand, that we can pray to God!



Written by
Peter Reinhardt
mail@brunstad.org

EVERYONE..can ask Jesus to come into their life and they will RECEIVE him ANYONE.. who searches for Christ will FIND him. THOSE...who open their heart to JESUS CHRIST, he will open the doors of his kingdom to YOU.

I've heard some say, ask the Lord for a Rolex and He will give it. Jesus wasn't talking about physical things here. II Corinthians 4 says only the invisible things are Eternal -- Love, Peace, Strength, Joy, etc. When I pray for happiness or peace, God has always granted my request by opening my eyes to sorrow or conflicts which allow me to take refuge in Him! Then His Strength and Peace come in unmeasureable quantities! I would not appreciate Happiness and Peace unless I understood how truly valuable they are == precious Gifts from our Awesome God!! Praise Him!

http://www.brunstad.org/en/Prayer/Have-You-Tried-Telling-God.aspx?v=75
You can have so great a confidence in God that you cast all your sorrow and cares on Him! Have you ever considered this?

By Svein Ellefsen, Norway

In song #398 in Ways of the Lord we sing:

"In prayer I gain the strength that's needed, so I can overcome as Jesus' bride." This hidden power comes from a hidden life in God.

For a disciple of Jesus, prayer is, without a doubt, the way to go when tribulations and temptations come. Prayer opens the heart and mind to the Holy Spirit. Through the Holy Spirit, we get all the help and advice we need, just as Jesus did during His sufferings in the days of His flesh. “For I have given to them the words which You have given Me.” John 17:8. Wisdom and understanding can be found in the Holy Spirit—it is this Spirit that gives us knowledge about the Lord and a fear of the Lord. (Is. 11:2).



When godly fear—the fear to sin—is behind our prayers, we will be heard! The Scriptures speak clearly about this—we will always find rest in what God does when we live to do God’s will. The result is victory and sanctification.



“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” 1 John 5:14-15.



“Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.” 1 John 3:21-22.



It is a great blessing—unbelievably great—to have an open heaven over you and to keep this bold confidence in God. Then you can cast all your sorrows on Him. Then you can also, if sickness comes, be bold and seek help by doing as James exhorts us: to call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over you and anoint you with oil in the name of the Lord. (James 5:14-15). The prayer of faith will help the sick, and the Lord will raise Him up. And if that person has sinned, He will be forgiven. The prayer of the righteous man avails much. (James 5:16).



There is a great reward for this boldness. It not only brings help for the body, but also for the most important thing—our mind—if we might have sinned. This builds fellowship. God’s goal in all that He does is to build fellowship with Himself and with others, so that our relationships become more fervent and warm. However, a lot of fellowship and blessing never takes place because of our fear of man, unbelief, and human timidity.



In order to preserve prayer and fellowship with God, the cross must work over our sinful lusts and desires. Our prayers will be hindered by impurity or foolishness, both in marriage and in the brotherhood. (1 Pet. 3:7).



May there be more and more of us who long for this personal fellowship with God, where we experience that our prayers are answered and get our spiritual needs met.


It is because of failure to ask in faith, not wavering,!! To seek diligently, !!! knocking and saying Jesus i'm kocking please let me in. The door is never open untill we knock, there is no lamitationin in God answering, but there is limitation in faith, not of God power.

Our Lord is true to His Word. Today i ask Him to help me to overcome all my sinful habits, evil thoughts and to fill me with His Word so that i live a life of Holiness and love. Lord bless all those who have requested my prayers and let all those who seek happiness in life find true happiness in YOU.

Just believe....
and I'll receive.

Man i needed to read this today......thank you Lord for being so loving and kind especially when I don't deserve it.

Thank you.

toni kastner

But you must ASK. You cannot sit there and wait for things to come to you. All of these require ACTION on our part. God wants us to participate in our blessings.

...Amen

I ask for only one...thing? Help me thank you Jesus

This relationship with God so real... true
and well worth looking for....

Amen

Matthew 7:8 For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

Let it be in Jesus' name,AMEN!

Great scripture to remember!!:)

Matthew 7:8 For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
I am knocking!!!
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