Ask of God

3 Nephi 14:6-11 (See also Matthew 7:6-11; JST, Matthew 7:9-20)

Go ye into the world, saying unto all, Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come nigh unto you.

And the mysteries of the kingdom ye shall keep within yourselves; for it is not meet to give that which is holy unto the dogs; neither cast ye your pearls unto swine, lest they trample them under their feet.

For the world cannot receive that which ye, yourselves, are not able to bear; wherefore ye shall not give your pearls unto them, lest they turn again and rend you.

Say unto them, Ask of God; ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

JST, Matthew 7:9-12

This is found in the Joseph Smith Translation only on verse 12. It is for God to reveal some of the deeper mysteries of the kingdom to individuals. This is such an important point to be understood in our personal quest for knowledge and discipleship.

Knowledge garners perspective. I am hated because of my perspective. But the Savior says that they hate you, because they know not me. Therefore, they hate me first, not you. (See John 17:9-26)

The Spirit of the Lord reassures me this morning that the promise found in verse 11 is true. It seems to me that God the Father is eager to answer our prayers. “…How much more shall your Father who is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” I am reminded of recent minor course corrections that have generated much benefit to my personal welfare. Simple actions and minimal investment of time have rendered and will yet render much fruit.

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