Ask, Seek, Knock

Posted: May 19, 2010 in Uncategorized
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“Ask, and it shall be given unto you; bseek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”

– 3 Nephi 14:7 (see also, Matt. 7:7, Luke 11:19, D&C 88:63, among many others)

A Buddhist scholar went to visit an old and respected monk to discuss Buddhism. The monk invited the scholar in and they sat down. While the monk prepared tea the scholar immediately began to expound upon all he had learned about Buddhism at the university. On and on he went while the old monk quietly listened and prepared the tea.

When the tea was ready, the scholar continued to speak even as the old monk poured the tea. Suddenly, the scholar stopped and jumped up as he realized that tea was pouring down onto his leg. The old monk had filled the scholar’s cup and was continuing to pour tea into his already full cup.

The scholar shouted, “You old fool. What are you thinking?”

The old monk calmly replied, “A cup that is already full has no room to receive.”

  1. brett says:

    that reminds me of the recent claims that the church offers, that we have received all or most of the revelation that we need.

    there are a lot of things that i don’t know, and even the things that i have learned, experienced, or been taught still aren’t crystal clear. along with that, there is much to be said about leaning too much on parents, leaders and friends for knowledge, instead of seeking him who knows all. so who can say that what i have learned or experienced or been taught is true or correct. revelation, knowledge, truth are eternal and we haven’t even scratched the surface in total understanding and comprehension.

    to say that we have recieved all or most is an upsurd claim and will limit any growth.

    the whole concept of learning and growing in wisdom is brought about by first asking, then secondly, seeking.

    to say we already know or understand something fully is false.

    the other day, i recieved a sweet revelation through prayer. in a previous prayer, i was instructed that prayer, seeking (scripture study), and pondering are intertwined and dependent on each other. if we are seeking, we need all 3 principles for it to work. i commented on that in EQ and made a comment that I later rescinded when i was teaching. i had said that prayer is pointless without pondering and seeking. my sweet revelation came when i was instructed that prayer is not just for learning but also speaking with our father, and giving thanks.

    both points were brought about by seeking the hand of God through prayer.

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