The Law of Prescriptive Usage based on Mat: 7
For years I had subscribed to the accepted teachings about Matthew 7:7-11 until it was revealed to me that what I had been taught was a doctrinal error. What I have learned is that asking, seeking and knocking are 3 distinct actions which are separate yet related and dependent on each other to the end being receiving that for which we have asked.
Ask – aiteō to crave or desire
(Mat 21:21) Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.
(Mat 21:22) And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
Seek – epizēteō, to search (inquire) for; intensively;
from epi – A primary preposition properly meaning superimposition (a place to lay over or above something, as a relation of distribution
and from zēteō - Of uncertain affinity; to seek (literally or figuratively); specifically (by Hebraism) to worship (God)
This Greek word literally means to intensively seek distribution and that this seeking is layed over or placed above that which we have asked for by worshiping God.
(Heb 11:6) But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Knock – krouō – to rap, used in context to rap on the door
(Joh 10:7) Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
(Joh 10:9) I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
The phrase “he shall be saved” not only means to be delivered and or protected, it also means to be healed and made whole.
Also note worthy here is that through this door we shall go in and out and “find pasture”. Now this Greek word is used only one time in the NT. The Greek word nomē, (pasture), which is in its feminine form, literally means the act of feeding and comes from the Greek word nomos – law (through the idea of prescriptive usage), generally (regulation), which comes from the primary word nemō (to parcel out, especially food or grazing to animals).
So this Greek word means, literally and in context with it’s usage here, that what is to be “parceled out” (our request) is done so according to the law of prescriptive usage.
What is the law of prescriptive usage? Asking, Seeking and Knocking!
Jesus is the door by which blessings flow by “asking in His name”. God the Father “parcels out” that which we have asked for according to the prescriptive usage of the law of asking, seeking and knocking.
GLORY to The Lamb!
If we have faith, and no doubt, ALL THINGS, whatever we ask for, believing that God is faithful to His word, WE WILL receive it! Can this truth be any clearer?
Without faith it is impossible to please God. When we seek Him we must have faith believing that He is a re-warder of those who seek (worship) Him (Heb 11:6). When we seek Him in faith we are rewarded (granted our request).
Jesus is the door: When we knock, that is to say when we ask in His name, His Word says that the door will be opened to us.
(Joh 14:14) If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
The Pattern of answered prayer based on The Law of Prescriptive Usage.
First we ask for that which we desire or crave in faith.
(Psa 37:4) Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
(Psa 37:5) Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
Then we seek God, by offering praise, worship and thanksgiving to Him. This act of seeking Him is “laid over” or “placed above” our petition (asking) according to the law of prescriptive usage.
Remember the Greek prefix epi? “To layer over or above something” “as a relation to distribution”?
Seeking actually acts as a bridge between asking (craving and or desiring) and knocking (the parceling out of our blessing, that is the answer to our request or petition).
(Mat 6:33) But “seek” ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Lastly we knock at the door, in faith, that it will be opened to us and that our petition will be “parceled out” to us as we have originally asked.
(Jer 29:11) For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
(Jer 29:12) Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
(Jer 29:13) And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29 states:
Verse 11: God will give us our “expected end” (when we ask in faith, believing that He hears us and will answer us).
Verse 12: THEN we are to “call upon Him” (ask) and “pray onto Him” (seek-worship) and He will “hearkin” (shâma‛ – to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience) onto us.
Verse 13: AND “ye shall seek me, and find me, WHEN we shall search (seek) for Him will all of our hearts.
When we “seek” God with our giving thanks & praise in worship, we will find Him!
(Psa 100:4) Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
(Psa 22:4) Our fathers trusted (bâṭach – to be confident or sure) in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.
(Psa 22:5) They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.
We must have faith, that is to say that we must be confident and sure that God will deliver onto us “whatsoever” we ask of Him.
You see Brothers and Sisters the way we have been taught about asking, seeking and knocking, does not stand up to the biblical evidence on the topic nor does it even stand up to reason when you think about it.
(Mat 7:7) Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
(Mat 7:8) For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Here is how we have been taught to think about this biblical precept:
First ask and you will receive. Well if I receive simply from asking then why do I seek and knock? If I receive just from asking why do I need to find anything? Why does anything need to be opened if I have already received it by asking for it?
To justify this line of thinking we are told that asking, seeking and knocking are basically the same actions. We are told to keep asking, keep seeking and to keep knocking until we get that which we desire. This is clearly false doctrine!
(Mat 6:7) But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
(Mat 6:8) Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
God does not hear us any better nor does He respond to our petitions because we ask over and over again. In fact our Lord tells us “be not therefore like unto them”.
Yet we are taught to be exactly like them.
Another false teaching used to support continuous asking based on Luke 18:
(Luk 18:1) And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
First of all this chapter begins by our Lord telling us that we should always be praying:
(1Th 5:17) Pray without ceasing.
(1Th 5:18) In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
And not to “faint” which means not to loose heart, be despondent or literally to be evil. The reason fainting is considered as evil is because to faint or to be despondent is a lack of faith which is sin. (Rom 14:23).
Jesus continues to speak the parable of a judge who gives into a woman’s petition because of her constant badgering (verses 2-5). He (Jesus) then continues:
(Luk 18:7) And shall not God avenge his elect, that cry to him day and night, and yet he is longsuffering over them?
(Luk 18:8) I say unto you, that he will avenge them speedily,
Now we are taught that because this woman badgered the judge and got what she wanted and because God will avenge His elect who “cry onto Him day and night” that this is telling us how we should pray in order to get a response from God. Which is a false teaching!
What they often fail to mention is that this judge “didn’t fear God” and had no regard for men. This judge was “unrighteous” yet some would compare Him to a righteous God.
(Luk 18:6) And the Lord said, Hear what the unrighteous judge saith.
Jesus calls this judge “unrighteous” and we are to follow his example? It is clear that this scripture, when being used to support the notion of repetitious prayer as being biblically mandated, has been taken out of context!
Here is the hook, the second part of verse 18:8:
Nevertheless, when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
You see this is not a pattern for prayer. In fact it is a rebuke of it!
Jesus is asking:
Nevertheless (despite the fact these people cry day and night), when He returns, will He find faith in Earth?
(1Jn 5:14) And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
(1Jn 5:15) And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
If we know (have faith) that He hears us, WHATSOEVER we ask, we know (have faith) that WE HAVE, the petitions that we desire (ask) of Him!
If continuous asking seeking and knocking is correct doctrine then there is an apparent conflict within the word of God. Which we know can’t be true. Therefore the line of linear thinking that we are being taught must be incorrect. What is the truth then?
This is what God showed me:
We first “ask” for that which we desire of our Father. We do so believing that once we have asked we HAVE IT.
We then “seek” Him, by entering into His courts in thanksgiving, praise & worship. This praise & worship in thanksgiving for what we have asked is actually laid over that which we have asked. That is to say; what we have asked for gets covered over with our giving thanks and praise to the Father for what He has given even though we have yet to “receive it”. Some might call this act “claiming it”.
We then knock by invoking the name if Jesus who is the door.
The door is then opened and we “find” pasture. That is to say that what we asked for actually gets “parceled out” because we have adhered to God’s law of asking, seeking & knocking. It is at that moment in time that we actually “have”, are given, what we have asked for. We have “found” what we have been looking for (that which we asked God for).
Then we “receive” that for which we have asked!
The important thing to note here is that “having” something is an issue of faith. It is the reason for our thanksgiving and praise. We have not yet “received it. Receiving is when our faith, which is spiritual, becomes manifest in the natural.
What Luke 18:1 is saying is that we should always pray (give thanks and praise) and not faint (doubt) that we will receive in the natural what we have already received in the spiritual!
Glory to God!
Brothers & Sisters, is Father God an unrighteous judge?
Does He hear us when we ask the first time?
Is asking over and over again an act of faith?
The word of God tells us that when we ask in faith, believing that our Father “rewards” those who “seek” Him (Heb 11:6) we HAVE what we asked for. If we believe that we “have” what we have asked for, asking for it again shows a lack of faith. If we believe that we have it we wouldn’t ask for it again.
You see during the time that it takes for that which we “have” to become manifest in the natural (received) the enemy comes in to steal our faith in God’s word and the blessing of our answered prayer. He whispers lies into our natural ears through his prophets.
Oh yes, Satan is the great deceiver and mimics all that God does. That means that he has his own prophets as well. Those who have a form of godliness and plant the seeds of discontent into those who would receive them. He tells you that by many words God will hear you. He tells you that by harassing God that He will grant you your request.
The truth is:
(Jas 1:6) But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
(Jas 1:7) For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
(Jas 1:8) A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
If we ask anything of God that is not done so in immovable, unshakeable faith, we will receive nothing from God. So says the word, not me! This does not mean, as many profess, that God has said no. It means that He will not answer you at all. Other than perhaps to tell you that you are of little faith.
Lastly I ask you to consider this truth:
John 9:31, “Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him.”
Continuously asking God for something, which the word says that you already have, but have not yet received, is a lack of faith and the word tells us that whatever is not of faith is sin (Rom 14:23).
Subsequently God does not even hear the prayers of the faithless!
God’s will is that we come to Him with that which we desire of Him in the manner which He has put forth in His word. We are to do so in faith, thanksgiving and praise, in worship, believing that we HAVE it and wait in expectation, not doubting that it will become manifest (we will receive it).
Anything less is unrighteous supplication and we will not receive anything from God because He didn’t even hear that prayer.
(Rom 1:17) For therein is revealed a righteousness of God from faith unto faith: as it is written, But the righteous shall live by faith.
(2Co 5:7) (for we walk by faith, not by sight);
That which is of faith is spiritual (which can’t be seen in the natural) and God’s promise is that what we ask for, in faith, He will grant us in the natural. That which is loosed on earth will be loosed in heaven and that which is loosed in heaven will be loosed on earth!
You see brothers and sisters our Father is a God of laws. That is to say that through His laws He has revealed the things that are pleasing to Him. When God’s laws say; thou shalt not, they are actually saying that these things displease Him and that we should do the contrary which please Him.
This is not legalism! We do not do these things out of fear nor do we do them to score brownie points with God. We do them because we have a heart felt desire to please him (to do His will). We do these things because we are thankful for the gift of His mercy and grace. We do this out of gratitude for that which we do not deserve. We do this out of love for our Father.
Because this is the desire of our hearts, to please our Father, our Father in heaven returns our love and gives us the desires of our hearts.
God Bless You All!
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