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

As a little girl, one of my favorite cartoons was Popeye. At the age of sixty-four, I can still recall a line from a 1939 Popeye cartoon, Ali Baba's Forty Thieves. Popeye, seeking entrance to the thieves' sealed cave, loudly commanded, "Open sez me!" You know what happened? It opened.

The featured Bible passage is not a name it-claim it, way out of working. It is instead a way to access all you need to live a full and meaningful life, to bear fruit, receive wisdom and discernment.

Serving the Lord is not easy and knowledge of his will comes from asking, seeking, and knocking. We ask the Father, "What would you have me do?" in the name of Jesus. We seek his perfect will. When doors of ministry and service close to us, we knock. "Open, says he!"

God will open doors in ways beyond our ability to comprehend. Nothing is impossible for him; he waits to hear my knocking at heaven's door. Sometimes he tests my faith; will I knock repeatedly through fervent prayer?

Lord, I ask forgiveness for my unbelief. Today, I come...asking, seeking and knocking. Open new doors of service, outreach and ministry. In Jesus name, believing, I pray. Amen.


Devotionals are her first love in writing. Published articles in Mature Living Magazine, Devotions for the Deaf, The Secret Place, Light from the Word, Coosa Journal, With God Daily, Mary Hollingsworth’s The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter by Tyndale Publishers.