“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
“You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! So, if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.
Matthew 7:7-11(New Living)
In thinking about prayer today, I realized that I have my own ideas how God should answer me. I’m human, so I kinda think like that. But, expecting that God will play by my rules and plans, however great I believe that they are, is not going to happen.
However, I am encouraged by the verses from Matthew above. Those verses talk about persistence, but they also talk about a process. The verses above hold a promise that God does hear our prayers, and that “everyone who asks, receives”. Now, do we get exactly what we want? No. But seekers will actually find a response.
I liken this process to being lost and asking for directions. First, there is humility in asking for directions when lost (am I right guys?) Once we ask and patiently and intently listen to the directions, we proceed to seek the destination. The promise is that we will finally find the place we are looking for, as long as we follow the directions well.
Then we are to knock. If you get to the door of the place you are seeking, but you don’t knock, how will someone know we are there? We need to have the courage to knock on the door.
So, there it is. Have the humility to ask God for direction, knowing we cannot get there ourselves. Follow the directions carefully, and we will get to a good destination. Finally, have the courage to take action on the request, even if it seems scary or difficult.
The final verses give another promise- the Father who loves us is not going to send us to our destruction, he wants good things for us.
Prayer: Lord, you love us and want the best for us. Help us to have the persistence to keep seeking, Amen