The Evangelist sends the pilgrim back to the path toward the wicket gate. When he arrives he sees that “Now, over the gate there was written, “Knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (Matt. 7:8). The pilgrim begins to knock and to cry out saying—“May I now enter here? Will He within Open to sorry me, though I have been An undeserving rebel? Then shall I Not fail to sing His lasting praise on high.”
Matthew 7:7-8: Ask, Seek, Knock “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
We are told to ask and keep on asking, we are to seek and keep on seeking and we are to knock and keep on knocking. There is also within this verse a suggested progression. The very words; ask, seek and knock seem to suggest an ever increasing intensity. Initially the pilgrim asked the Evangelist how he could escape the coming judgment. He was told to seek the wicket gate. Once he arrived he saw the sign mentioned above over the gate which said ““Knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (Matt. 7:8).
After repetitive knocking the Gate keeper came and asked what the pilgrim was seeking. The pilgrim responds :
Here is a poor burdened sinner. I come from the City of Destruction, but am going to Mount Zion, that I may be delivered from the wrath to come. I would,therefore, Sir, since I am informed that by this gate is the way thither, know if you are willing to let me in!
Question: Have you asked how to be delivered from the wrath that is to come? Have you followed the advice that you received to seek the wicket-gate (Christ)? Have you knocked on the door and cried out “saying—“May I now enter here? Will He within Open to sorry me, though I have been An undeserving rebel? Then shall I Not fail to sing His lasting praise on high.”
Prayer: Lord thank you for bringing us to the point of asking, seeking, and knocking. Help us go on to keeping our commitment to sing your lasting praise on high.