God is a Father Who is good and does good. In commanding us to ask, seek and knock, He is not trying to dangle a carrot in front of us or make things complicated for us. It is actually an invitation to draw closer in our relationship and communion with Him.
Where this command is found:
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”
Do you ever wonder how to pray? Or do you feel like God delays in answering your prayers? The command of Christ Ask, Seek, and Knock is brimming full of promises that God will answer prayer! It gives hope, encouraging us to not give up, and provides practical steps on how to pray as believers.
It is easy to fall into the trap of becoming self-centered when we pray. This can even cause our prayers to become ineffective. But in Luke 11, Jesus highlights an even greater purpose for prayer…the needs of others! Focusing on the needs of others not only takes our eyes off ourselves, it also gives us the opportunity for God to use us in the lives of others.
God longs to show Himself strong by answering prayer when we pray in agreement with His Word. Whether it is for a personal need or for someone else’s, it is our privilege and responsibility to pray. And as our Heavenly Father, God delights to supply the needs of His children as we become more dependent upon Him in prayer.
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Do you have a 911 relationship with God? Are you only seeking God when you’re in a “tight spot”? Or is your asking, seeking, and knocking motivated by a desire to consistently pursue fellowship and intimacy with your Heavenly Father?
We all have a lot of questions about this command: What about “ask what you will and it will be done to you”? What if I asked and nothing has happened?
If these incredible promises are true, then they would beg the questions: Why are we not consistently asking? Why are we not faithfully seeking? Why are we not eagerly knocking?