Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 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! So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. ~Matthew 7:7-12 (ESV)
Walt Disney created a magic kingdom full of imagination ad wishful thinking. Throughout the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus invites us to image God’s kingdom and in this passage of Scripture to consider our longings and desires. He even encourages us to put our faith into action by prayerfully and persistently asking, seeking and knocking with every expectation that the “good things” we desire will be given to us. Moreover, Jesus invites us to consider how we wish to be treated and then treat other people that way.
Is any of this thinking really rational? In his commentary, Sermon on the Mount, Clarence Jordan wrote the following:
Remember also that even scientific research and experimentation is based upon the theory that he who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and he who knocks has the door opened to him. If men didn’t believe this, there would be no laboratories, no experiments. The whole scientific procedure is based on a confident assurance that truth already exists and that it can be found.
May you and I have the confident assurance that our desires will be fulfilled by the Father and that we truly can do for others what we long for ourselves.