Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! Matthew 7:7-11 (ESV)
Will I what? Will you make your wants and needs known to me? Will you come and ask for my help? Will you rely on me? Will you ask until you receive? Will you seek until you find? Will you knock until doors open for you? Now, do not be so quick to answer my questions. Think deeply about what I have asked of you. Consider the implications of each question. Now? Yes, now. Jump right in, get started, tell me what you think. I think prayer is essentially relying on you. If I don’t make my wants and needs known to you, then I am not relying on you. I think prayerlessness is rooted in pride. If I don’t make my wants and needs known to you, I must think that I can meet them all by myself. That would be foolish. That would be misguided. That would be prideful. I will rely on you. I will humbly make my wants and needs known to you. That is very good. Keep going, tell me more. I will be persistent and consistent in my prayers. I will not pray one and done prayers. I will keep on praying for what I want and need, not only for myself, but also for others. I will only stop when I have received an answer from you. And I know that, “no” is sometime the best answer you can give me. You are far wiser than me. You know what is best for me. I can’t tell you how thankful I am for prayer requests that you said, “no” to. It is wise of you to understand why I have sometimes said “no” to one of your prayer requests. I’m not finished. Yes, keep going. There are two things that I will be continually seeking from you. What’s that? I will be seeking to know you. And I have no doubt that you will help me to know you more and better as I seek you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. Yes, you can count on that. I will also seek to know and do your will. I will allow you to guide the entire course of my life. Yes, I will guard and guide your life as you follow and serve me. Of that, I have no doubt of either. That’s good. I’m not finished yet. Yes, I know. I will keep on knocking. I will keep on asking you to open doors of opportunity. What kind of doors of opportunity will you ask me to open for you? I will ask you to open doors of opportunity for me to serve you. I will ask you to open doors of opportunity for me to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. I will ask you to open doors of opportunity for me to store up treasure in heaven with you. These are doors of opportunity that I will gladly open for you. Keep on asking. Keep on seeking. Keep on knocking. Yes, Heavenly Father, I will. That will be very good.
Heavenly Father, I will make my wants and needs to you. I will seek until I find. I will knock until doors open. I will ask until I receive. I know you give very good gifts. I know that you will hear and answer my prayers as I persistently and consistently pray to you. Amen
Key Question… How have you come to trust your Heavenly Father’s manner and timing in answering your prayers?
Living It Out… Be persistent and consistent in making your wants and needs know to your Heavenly Father.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that your Heavenly Father will hear and answer your prayers in His manner according to His timing.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group what prayers you are persistently praying to your Heavenly Father.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you keep on asking God for what you need.
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