KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 7:7″ KJV “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:”
Asking and receiving from God, is one of the miracles of Christianity. It is an evidence of the existence of God. Psalms 34:15 KJV “The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry”. The righteous are simply those who believe the Lord. God’s eyes are on them and He answers their cry or prayers. Some Christians claim, they have not been receiving answers to their prayers. This is rather unfortunate. The Bible gives us the basic criterion to have God’s attention. Heb 11:6 KJV “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Anyone who fulfills the condition in Heb 11:6 will surely have God’s response.
Our scripture of consideration instructs us to take three actions which God will respond positively to everyone of them. These actions are Ask, Seek, Knock. This reveals that there are things that we ask, those that we seek and certain situations that demands knocking. Asking connotes something referring to our basic needs. He says when we ask the father, He would give it to us. Ask expecting an answer from our heavenly Father. Mark 11:24, says when we pray, we must believe that God has heard and released the answer, and so we acknowledge that, we have our answer. Approaching our requests this way would certainly deliver the answer to us.
The next action is the word seek. Unfortunately, this is one aspect of prayer that most Christians hardly employ. This is praying to receive answers for certain hidden matters or problems. When King Nebuchadnezzar demanded for the wise men to tell him the dream, he ‘s had, and give him the interpretation, of it, Daniel used the prayer of seeking. There are so many matters that we have no clues about, and our Father expects us to seek answers by asking for His revelation of the answers. The Lord says, we will find answers to these difficult situations if we seek for His answers. We may also seek for the Lord Himself. This is, when we desire an encounter with him. Deut 4:29
The third and last of the actions the Lord Jesus calls on us to employ in prayer is to knock. Knocking presents a sterner posture. It involves pressing your way through, till you have the answer. Elijah on the mountain of Camel kept knocking in prayer till the answer came.(1 Kings 18:41-46) Many of us give up too early. Elijah kept praying and was receiving an update about the coming of the rain.
These three ways of prayer asking, seeking and knocking touches on the range of needs that we have to deal with. God will answer if we would do our part.
When I ask, seek and knock in prayer God my father answers me. It is the desire of God to hear the cry of all His children who trust him.
Matthew 7:8 KJV” For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”
Deut. 4:29 KJV” But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.”