ENJOYING GOD’S ADVENTURE
“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)
If asked, most Christians consider Romans 8:28 a favorite: “We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” The “good” God reveals is rarely immediate and His “purpose” is seldom revealed the instant we pray. In fact, prayer is to be an adventure of developing intimacy with God through waiting for His answer on the one hand and travailing in persistent prayer on the other.
The verbs found in Matthew 7, “ask, seek and knock,” are in the present imperative which means He is saying that if a person asks and keeps on asking he will receive; if a person seeks and keeps on seeking he will find; and if a person knocks and keeps on knocking then a door will be opened to him. This is a picture of persistence.
God often calls us to pray long and hard before He answers. This is not a cruel trick but one of God’s methods of creating a closer relationship with Him. Romans 12:12 tells us to “continue steadfastly in prayer.” Ephesians 6:18 says that we should, “Pray always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.” And 1 Thessalonians 5:17 commands that we should “Pray without ceasing.”
God wants us to love Him more than the answers He gives. Prayer is His path to know Him and recognize that His answers are good.
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Application of God’s Truth
Have you been praying and God doesn’t seem to be listening? Ask God for further resolve to continue to pray. He will either answer or change your prayer. But one thing is sure, He will change you.