Wade E Taylor
Our spiritual life must be established and abide upon a firm
foundation. This foundation is our daily time of worship and
prayer, which flows out from our innermost being to the Lord.
It is not the amount of time (quantity) that we spend in worship
and prayer that is important, but rather, the quality of this
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will
knock, and the door will be opened to you.”
“For it is always he who asks that receives, he who
finds, and he who knocks that has the door opened to him.”
“What man is there among you, who if his son shall
for bread will offer him a stone? Or if the son shall ask
for a fish will offer him a snake?”
“If you then, imperfect as you are, know how to give
to your children, how much more will your Father in Heaven
give good things to those who ask Him.” Matt 7:7-11
There are three primary words in the above; ask, seek, and
knock. The outworking of each of these produces a very different
Ask and “it” will be given. This “it”
is that for which we are asking. It will be given to the one
who asks. If we ask for bread, the Lord will not give us a
stone. If we ask for fish, He will not give us a serpent.
We can trust the Lord to rightly respond to our request.
During 1953, I was praying to receive the Baptism in the
Holy Spirit. I had been told by a minister that terrible things
would happen to me, if I did this. As a result, I was praying
in doubt and fear. The Lord gave me the above verse to repeat.
I began to pray, “Lord, I am asking for the Baptism,
You said that you will not give me a stone or serpent.”
I repeated this over and over, until suddenly I was immersed
in the Holy Spirit, and was filled with His life and power.
In order to receive, this asking must be according to the
will of the Lord, which we will come to know, as we spend
quality time in His presence. Faith will be imparted into
our being and then we can ask in confidence, knowing that
we will receive.
Seeking goes beyond our asking to receive something. “Seek
and you will find.” Seeking has to do with a spiritual
discovery, as we come to better know the Lord as a person.
In the first, we are asking our Lord to provide “something”
that we desire or need. In the second, we are asking the Lord
to reveal Himself to us. In each of these, we receive, but
Knocking is distinct from either of the above. “Knock
and it will be opened to you” – not given, but
rather a doorway into a new realm will be opened before us.
This “knocking” refers to a persistence in intercession
that will lead to a birthing into a higher spiritual realm,
or to an open door that had previously been closed.
I can say, “I will now pray.” I cannot say, “I
will now intercede.” Prayer is initiated by the one
who prays. Intercession is initiated by the Holy Spirit, to
which I must respond. Intercession is very costly, because
we must respond when this deep inner-knock of intercession
is birthed within us. We cannot say, “I am busy now
and will respond later.”
A married couple desires a baby, so they spend time in the
presence of the Lord, seeking His will. Once they know that
this is His will, they can ask in faith, knowing that they
will receive. It would be wonderful if they could then wake
up in the morning with the answer, a beautiful child laying
in a crib. But it does not work this way. “Asking”
gives release to our faith. But intercession is a process,
at times painful, that results in a birthing. This intercessory
birthing is very different from our asking or seeking.
Some years ago a young man excitedly told me about his new
car and described it in detail. When I asked if I could see
it, he said he did not have it yet, but was “speaking”
it into being. That will not work, but there is a scriptural
process that will work. “Asking” in itself is
not sufficient. I must “seek” the Lord that He
will actively move in my behalf and I must then “intercede”
that it will be birthed into reality.
“Knock and it shall be opened unto you.” That
is, a way, or process, will be made available to us, and begin
to open before us. Often, we may not understand this burden,
but in the Lord’s time and way, it will become clear
Many years ago I was feeling a burden concerning the chapel
at Pinecrest being too small, and I asked the Lord concerning
this. Late one evening, after I finished in the office, I
walked down through the tunnel, and stood on a small porch
at the end of the building. Suddenly, I saw a vision of a
large room going out from where I stood, with a large fireplace
at the end.
I began to seek the Lord as to what I could or should do
concerning this, as any action on my part to accomplish it
was impossible. I drew on paper what I had seen, and showed
it to the maintenance man. Later, an intercession formed within
me for the outworking of this vision.
A few months later, the man who worked on maintenance became
lost in Utica, which is about 30 miles from Pinecrest. While
seeking a way out of the area he was in, he saw several steel
beams with a telephone number painted on them, and a sign
that said, “for sale.” He copied this number,
and later we purchased them for a very reasonable price. These
beams became the framework for the new chapel. The Lord had
responded to the intercession in a way I could not have imagined,
and the vision became a reality.
The “foundation” in our lives – the attitude
and intention of our heart, must be right for things like
this to happen. The Lord may spend years dealing with these
things, before He will impart the faith to bring into being
that for which we are asking.
“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do,
the Father may be glorified in the Son” John 14:13.
Pinecrest urgently needed this new chapel. I could recite
the above verse to the Lord and then say, “In Jesus
name I receive this new chapel, for Lord, You said that You
would give us whatever we ask in your Name, and I asked in
But this verse does not mean that. It will not work. In fact,
we could create tremendous problems if it did work that way.
Our asking “in His Name” is the key, but it means
that we ask in the “authority” that He has given
to us. Only He can give this authority, and when given, it
becomes creative faith and will produce a result.
There are two aspects to the term, “in His Name.”
The first has to do with the fact of His name. The second
has to do with the authority that is resident within that
In the early 1950’s I was given an insurance agency.
The man who gave this business to me gave me the “power
of attorney” to sign his name to policies, until I could
get licensed to sign my name. Now I could sign his name, and
it had authority because he had given it to me. It could have
been misused, but he had placed a trust in me .
The scripture says that “faith comes by hearing and
hearing by the word of the Lord.” That is, I have received
a specific word that gives me the authority to ask. When I
act on this, I will receive. I cannot find a scripture that
I like, and use that. It must be the word that I have received
from the Lord.
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live;
yet not I, but
Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the
I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave
Himself for me.” Gal 2:20.
This speaks of a complete submission of my life to become
the expression of the life of the Lord. This is why Paul could
say, “be followers of me, even as I follow the Lord
Jesus Christ.” Paul is so “at one” with
the Lord, that will of the Lord has become his will. Now the
faith of the Lord can become operative in the life of Paul
and his prayers will be answered, as they are now the prayer
of the Lord, expressed through Paul.
Faith comes by hearing. My part is to believe and act on
what I am hearing. Faith is a gift which comes from above.
I am not capable of faith, but I can live by the faith of
the son of God.
The best example of this is Jesus walking on water. When
Peter saw Him, He said, “Lord, bid me come.” And
Jesus responded, “Come.” Peter began to walk toward
Jesus, not on water, but on the word he had received - “come.”
The word of faith had become substance and Peter could walk
on that. As soon as he looked at the water, he began to sink.
“Asking” then has to do with receiving faith
according to the Lord’s will. “Seeking”
will bring us into a relationship with the Lord in which we
will come to know His very heart and will. “Knocking”
will release the outworking of this into the higher purposes
of the Lord.
May each of these, rightly used, have a part in the outworking
of our life experience.