Fr. Sanctus Mario
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Matthew 7:7-12 : Ask, Seek and Knock. Thursday First Week of Lent

Breakfast with the Word Thursday First Week of Lent

Matthew 7:7-12


In today’s gospel of Matthew 7:7-12, Jesus assures His disciples “ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door shall be opened to you.


In this gospel of Matthew 7:7-12, Jesus repeats that whoever asks always receives, and whoever seeks, finds, and anyone that knocks will have the door opened for Him.


Before I proceed, this is one of the inspirational statements from Jesus that I kept as a guide. It applies not only to prayer but to every aspect of human existence. When you keep doing something, again and again, learning more and more, practicing it everyday, one day you become a master of that thing.



When you keep working hard, relying on God and having deep faith in Him, one day your light will shine.


In terms of our spiritual life, the more you pray, is the more you gradually draw close to God. The more you seek is the more you learn.


Hence, the more you persistently knock is the more you are opportune to break every barrier. In this statement, we see the need not to give up on God despite the challenges.


In some of the testimonies given by some people, they will always report how they have asked for particular intention and it didn’t work out at that particular time, then after few months, they tried again, now God surprised them.

Some tried several times, then at the point of giving up, God surprised them.


What it means that when God decides to answer our prayers is not in our power to decide. God has always an appointed time to answer our prayers. Therefore, to give up on God is the highest mistake we can make as Christians.


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What Matthew 7:7-12 Does not Mean.


There are times when the things we face in life seem to present this promise as false. There are times when many pray, hope and even work hard yet the situation remains the same.



The first thing we have to know about this promise in Matthew 7:7-12, is that God is not telling us to turn Him into a machine who must obey whatever we say, and whenever we force Him, He would obey.



To ask here means to pray. In this relationship, there is One who we ask (God) and the one who asks (we). It indicates that the One who we ask (God)  has what it takes to do what is asked of Him for the one who asked (we).




Therefore, it also shows that the One who We ask (God), must in one way or the other be superior to the one who asks (We).


In essence, to ask God something in prayer shows God’s superiority and power over us and that He has what it takes to do what we ask.


If this is true, then to go to God in prayer demands humility, obedience and trust. In this relationship, we ask, And the One who we ask (God) does it the way He wants. We do not detect for Him how He will do it.


Secondly, whoever asks, receives, means there is always an answer to every prayer. The answer could be yes, or no if it is not the will of God or that God has something better. The answer can be “wait” if there is a time God considers the best to answer our prayer.


When many ask, and they do not get exactly what they want or the way they want, they are tempted to lose hope. That we pray for something and things do not go the way we want is not a sign that God is keeping silent. He hears every voice at prayer but answers it the way He wants.



Never Give up on God but Remain In God.



To seek for something means there is an inner desire to search for it.
To seek for something means to go into action. It does not mean we pray only and sleep. To seek for something detests laziness. The Greek word used here is zēteite, which means to search with your heart.

What Jesus is trying to tell us is that if we pray, we have to seek too. Therefore, if we pray, we have to go into action. Prayer and works go together. Therefore, as you pray, do not forget to work towards the fulfillment of what you pray for too.



Secondly, Jesus is saying that if we seek God with all our hearts, we shall surely find Him (Jeremiah 29:13).


Do not forget that this hunger can only be known when we decide never to give up on God, even in challenges.



So when problems come, instead of giving up on God, hang your faith there. Be happy even. Though you may not know what God is doing, God knows what He is doing. So, it is a cause to be happy.



The time of great challenges is not a time of giving up but a time to prove to God how strong your faith is. Show God that you truly desire what you are asking.



Put More Effort.



So, we need to repeat this, when we hear “ask and you shall receive”, we often think God is only telling us to lock ourselves inside the room and begin to shout on top of our voices. Maybe the more you shout the more God hears. This is far from it.



This does not also mean that you stay without doing anything, and you expect manna from heaven. God can never encourage laziness. Even after putting the man in the garden of Eden, He instructed the man to till it and water the garden (Genesis 2:15).



In 2 Thessalonians 3;10, Paul also warns that He who does not work should not eat. So, in today’s promise, after Jesus says; Ask, and you shall receive, He also says seek and knock.



So, in Matthew 7:7-12, to seek and knock means action and effort. You have to work and pray. As you pray that God answers your prayer, make effort also on your part. God will now give you the grace to break those barriers.



Breaking barriers is not achieved through sleeping and whiling away our time. We have to work. If you are praying for progress, work for the progress. If you are praying for open doors, work for the open doors. Hence, if you are praying for peace to reign in your family or places of work, also work for it.


The reason many prayers remain unanswered is because the person praying refuses to work on the inspirations an ideas God gives to him or her during prayers.


This is why, I always encourage people to go in God’s presence with a pen and a paper. Once an inspiration comes on how to solve a particular problem, write it down and do it. You will marvelled at the results.



God is willing to give us good gifts. The only problem is that we do not have time for Him, or that we think He is a cosmic genie or machine we can control to perform the way we want.


Sometimes the problem is that we easily give up or maybe that we only ask to satisfy our motives and desires (James 4;2;3). God is good and whatever we receive from Him is good. Even His seeming silence may also be for good. Never lose hope.


May God have mercy on us and answer our prayers in a way good for Him. May He never forsake you. Amen.


  1. Rotji Gabriel says


    1. Otokpa Elijah says


      1. Stella Ekwemalor says

        Good morning Father
        Have a wonderful day

      2. EDEH UCHECHUKWU says

        This is really a wonderful piece, I already know this passage of the bible, but today I got a deeper meaning to it. May the Lord bless us always with his word to guide us in all our dealings . Amen

    2. AWUZIE INNOCENT S. says

      Amen fr. I pray may God almighty always give us the patient never to give up easily.

    3. Alado Paul says

      Amen. thank you fr.

  2. Ibe Calista Chinenye says

    Amen 🙏

    1. Obinna says

      Thank you Padre, God bless you.

  3. Otokpa Elijah says


    1. Chinwe says


    2. Jacqueline Aforkpah says

      Thank you so much Fr..

    3. Munachimso onuoha says


  4. Lilian Ndudi says

    Thank you father for the word explained in simple terms.
    May God bless and keep you for all you do and may His face shine upon you and always distinguish you from the crowd in Jesus name, Amen.

    1. Rosemary Ugonna Nwaguru says

      All Glory and Honor be to God for his Words to us through you, Fr Sanctus Mario, in Jesus mighty name Amen.

  5. Obodo Onyinyechi says

    Amen! Oh God,I pray for your enabling grace to continue to serve you,in truth and in faith. I pray for more Patience and to be diligent in all I do…Amen!

    1. Mbama Christiana says

      Amen. Thank you Padre for the explanation, may the Lord bless you. O Lord give me the grace to persevere in prayers and doing Your holy will.

  6. Mailoushi James says

    Amen, remain blessed Fr.

  7. Eze, Blessing Chinasa says

    Amen, thank you Father. May God continue to guide and protect you 🙏.

    1. Carmela U. Ekwem says

      Amen! & Amen! Thanks and God bless you Fr for this inspiring & educating msg.

  8. Nonye Maduka says


    1. Michael Jones says

      Amen.thank you father

  9. Eririogu Fidelia says

    Amen Thanks father

  10. Osakwe Chinonso Solomon says

    Amen, may the good Lord also give us wisdom and understanding to understand how to go about every aspect of our lives

  11. Christian says

    Amen 🙏

    1. Stella Ekwemalor says

      Good father
      Thank you for the inspiring words

  12. Regina says


    1. Blessing Chilo says

      Let your perfect will be done in all that we ASK, SEEK and KNOCK through Christ our Lord Amen

    2. Eze felicita says


  13. tony chukwudozie says

    Amen and amen

  14. Blessing Iortsugh says

    Amen, thank you fr and remain bless.

  15. Nancy chizoba says

    Amen. Thank you fr. For this great piece.

  16. Ozoegwu Onyinye Clare Okoro says

    Thank you Fr.



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  20. Kubiat says


    1. Mulerwa Rosemary says

      Amen Amen Amen thank you father for today’s breakfast with the word thanks a lot how I wish everyone read this today I no and I believe I shall testify about my good Lord Amen

  21. Adeline Chidimma says

    Amen and Amen. God may you continue to strengthen us and shower us with your grace.



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  25. Maureen says

    Amen u just spoke to me directly, God bless you Padre

  26. Gabriel-Martin says

    Amen Fr

  27. Chisom Egwudike says


  28. Ekwem Emmanuela Chiamaka says

    Amen and Amen

  29. Regina Mobu says

    Amen! Thank you father for the encouragements.

  30. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

    Amen! Thank you Jesus.

  31. Chinwe Agwoile says

    My One and Only Jesus, I need Your grace to be able to pray with confidence, faith and hope.
    Equally, I ask for your blessing on all who have asked me to pray for them. Teach me to believe in Your good plans for me and for them. Let me understand that You answer all my prayers in the way that you know is best for me. Give me the grace to do unto others only what I want to be done to me. Amen.

  32. Chinyere Ezemelue says

    Teach me persistent prayers and hard work oh Holy Spirit

  33. Rex Cephas says

    God bless you and give you strength to shepherd His flocks.

  34. Mercy E Johnny says

    Amen, thank you Jesus. More grace for you Padre.

  35. Olojede Stephen Mayowa says

    Amen…. Help me Lord Jesus. Give me the Grace to receive when I ask….let me find as I seek and let doors of outstanding success be open to me and my family. Amen

    Thank you Padre.

  36. Titi says


  37. Ibekwe Nneamaka Constansia says

    Amen 🙏

  38. Ibeawuchi Monica says


  39. Rosemary Umeze says

    Amen and Amen

  40. Mrs Nora Nkoli Anabiri says


  41. Dorothy Mary Iyinbor says

    Amen thanks Padre

  42. Ezeagu Anuli says


  43. Madu chinaza lovelyn says

    Amen. Thank you Padre for the clarity in the gospel

  44. Enibe Jacinta Amara says


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  47. Mailoushi James says

    Amen, remain blessed Fr to the glory of God’s name, Amen

  48. Yolanda Malebatsane says


  49. Boitumelo Malebatsane says

    God do not forsake us especially in this time of lent in jesus name amen🙏

  50. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

    Amen! Thank you Jesus.

  51. Margaret Awum says

    Amen 🙏

  52. Abuah Judith says

    Amen . Thanks padre

  53. Ndukwe Amanda says

    Amen Fr

  54. Blessing Salifu says

    Amen 🙏 🙏 🙏

  55. ONAH LILIAN says

    Amen, God bless you, ans may He not forsake you too. Amen

  56. Ani Chinonyelum Emmanuella says

    Thanks Padre

  57. Michael Odii says

    “In God i put all my trust” I really believe that He loves and care for us always.His banner over us is love.May He continue to give us the grace to follow Him wholeheartedly.
    May God who lifted you up Padre Sanctus never let you down.Amen!

  58. Angela Ekere says


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  60. Blessing Chilo Adie says

    Give us the Grace oh Lord to always keep up the faith diligently in prayers and thanksgiving no matter the situation in Jesus name Amen

  61. Grace Uba says


  62. Nancy Nwakibie says

    Amen, this post woke me up,figuratively.I have been procrastinating some things In my life and after I read this,I made up my mind to work towards them. Thank you Father

  63. Vivian Elochukwu says


  64. Anidiobi Sylvia Ngozi says

    God will not forsake us. Also,in our Nation Nigeria, we have prayed & even voted & they’ve done what they know how best to do. I believe God will not shame us. We are waiting on him to do something. He delivered the Israelites from red sea & will also deliver us. He’s still the fourth man in battle. I pray for your intercession in our country Nigeria 🙏

  65. Mbama Christiana says


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  67. Dr Nick Onyia says

    Amen 🙏🏼

  68. Pauline Nzube says

    Thank you Jesus 🙌

  69. Okeke Juliet Nneka says

    Amen 🙏. Thank you Padre for the reflection on the word today and for your encouragement. We pray that God will meet us at the point of our various needs according to His will for us through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, Amen 🙏.

  70. Dorothy Mary Iyinbor says

    Amen thanks Padre God bless you 🙏

  71. Eunice okeyo says

    AMEN 🙏

  72. John says

    Amen 🙏🙏🙏 and with your spirit Fr

  73. Oby Okpalaeke says

    Amen 🙏

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  77. Amalu Gloria says

    Amen, FR, thanks so much for this your reflection as you just narrated every word as simple as we can understood them. May God continue to strength u in Jesus name amen .

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  79. Goodluck Ekeocha. says

    Amen. Thank you father.

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  82. Nwatu Nneka P says

    Amen, Amen and Amen

  83. Michael Jones says


  84. Ugwu Josephine Nnenna. says

    Amen. Thank you . Padre.

  85. Dr. Julie says

    Amen! My Faith is in You Lord!

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