Ask (Mar-Apr 2007)

By Matt Dabbs

from Sacred Space
March – April, 2007


Ask, and you will receive. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened for you. Everyone who asks will receive.

Everyone who searches will find. And the door will be opened for everyone who knocks. Would any of you give your hungry child a stone, if the child asked for some bread? Would you give your child a snake if the child asked for a fish?

As bad as you are, you still know how to give good gifts to your children. But your heavenly Father is even more ready to give good things to people who ask.

Matthew 7:7-11, CEV

“Ask . . . search . . . knock.” Three aspects of prayer.

Each one gives us confidence of gaining a hearing. Jesus’ teaching is demanding, but our Father is willing to give us the capacity if we but ask.

With the confidence of the child, we can demand, “Give us this day our daily bread.” Each day, we are invited to ask, to demand.

Would you teach me to appropriately demand daily bread, not just for me, not just for my family, not just for my church, but for the world? Give this world, Father, daily bread and teach those in need to demand it like hungry, humble children.

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Matt is the preaching minister at the Auburn Church of Christ in Auburn, Alabama. He and Missy have been married 12 years and are raising two wonderful boys, Jonah and Elijah. Matt is passionate about reaching and discipling young adults, small groups, and teaching. Matt is currently the editor and co-owner of


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