Day 244: September 1, 2014

Today's Reading(s)

Matthew 7:7-11
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. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 9 What man among you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! 12 Therefore, whatever you want others to do for you, do also the same for them—this is the Law and the Prophets.

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Sermon on the Mount Reflections
by Roger Severino, Adult Discipleship Minister, Brentwood Campus

Read the scripture above and use the questions below to meditate on today's reading.

Praxis

  1. Earlier in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us not to “babble like the idolaters, since they imagine they’ll be heard for their many words.” In Matthew 7:7, Jesus tells us to keep asking , keep searching, and keep knocking. What is Jesus telling us to do in this passage that is different from what He tells us not to do in the earlier passage?
  2. If God hears us the first time, why should we keep asking, searching, and knocking? What does perseverance demonstrate about our faith?
  3. How does a relatively good father respond when his child makes a legitimate request (see 7:9-10)? Why does a father respond this way?
  4. According to this passage, how is our Heavenly Father like a relatively good earthly father? How is He different?
  5. What is the point of Jesus comparing God our Heavenly Father to our earthly father?
  6. The Bible tells us that God sends the Spirit of His Son into our lives to cry out “Abba, Father” in our hearts (see Galatians 4:6-7 and Romans 8:14 – 17). Do you relate to God as your “Abba, Father” (a term that is both intimate and respectful)? Why or why not?
  7. What are some good things you would want from your Heavenly Father? Are these for your selfish interests, or to honor God and bless others?
  8. In the parallel passage in Luke 11:9-13, what is the good gift that God gives those who ask?
  9. What is God leading you to “ask,” “search,” and “knock” about?

About JourneyOn Today

Today's devotional series accompanies the Spiritual Practices Foundations Curriculum which deals with 24 different spiritual disciplines. We will break for an Advent series in December and continue the second half of Spiritual Practices during the first quarter of 2015.