Vibrant Prayer Life: Ask, Seek, Knock (Through the Gospels)
“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” ^Matthew 7:7-8
Prayer is a sign of humility and dependence. When an individual prays, it is because they realize that there is a limit to their strength and ability. As much as prayer is a spiritual discipline it is also a reflection on someone’s heart.
For the person who does not pray, it is likely that they are self-sufficient and dependent on man more than they are of God. Jesus addresses this here. Jesus says, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find, knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7).
Ask, seek and knock. The difference between the three is subtle but they work together when it comes to our prayer lives. Asking is a confession of humility and dependence. We ask because we acknowledge that we do not have the capacity in our selves. To seek means to try to discern what the will of God is. When we seek, we are praying to try to find out what the will of God is. To knock means to persevere. We only continue to knock when we know someone is on the other side of the door. There are times we must continue to knock and persevere knowing that God will answer in His time.
Asking, seeking and knocking must work together if we are to have a vibrant prayer life. I pray this morning that you will come to the Lord humbly yet confidently knowing that He is a loving Father who loves to answer our prayers. “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 7:11)