If you’re a Believer these words are probably pretty familiar to you, but if you’re not, you’re probably a bit confused. When the disciples asked Jesus about prayer, one of the main principles that He tried to get across to them in Matthew 7, was to Ask, Seek, and Knock.
” 7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7)
James also says, that we have not because we ask not, and when we do ask, we ask with selfish motive and we ask without believing, and ultimately James suggests that those are the two reasons that that which we ask for we have not received, but if we are asking according to God’s will, than we know that we will receive that which we ask for. (James 4:2-3, 1 John 5:14)
God is faithful, so we also know that, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” (1 John 5:14-15).
So, Jesus said, if we ask it will be given to us, and John concurs with, if we ask according to God’s will, God hears us, and we know that w have what we asked of him, so we know that God will give us what we ask for if we pray for it according to His will, and if we are persistent in our questions, than it shal be given to us, much Like in Luke 18’s tale about the persistent widow (Luke 18:1-8) Jesus essentially told them the parable about the persistent widow to show them that they should always pray and never give up, that God will grant them justice and what we ask for, if we don’t stop seeking Him. Much like how Jesus said to them, ask and it will be given, Seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. This is Jesus essentially telling the disciples to keep pursuing that which they desire, and the Lord will give it to them.
So Lord, may you help us to ask, seek, and knock, and may you give us that which we ask, seek, and knock for. May we ask with right motive so that we know that we shall receive it from you, and may we ask it in accordance with your will, so that we know it isn’t something terrible or evil that you wouldn’t likely give us anyway, because it’s sin, or something that isn’t right for us to ask to begin with. May you give us a pure heart and a renewed mind, that we might know your good and perfect will, so that we may ask for that which pleases you and brings you joy. Might we be persistent and seek after you as much as we seek after things, and might those who seek them not spend it on themselves but on those who truly need it.
Help us and guide us oh Lord on the path of, asking, seeking, and knocking, that we might receive, find, and open, that which is your good and perfect will in our lives, amen.