Matthew 7:7 — “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
The depths of the Scriptures can elude us if we aren’t careful in our study of God’s Word. At first glance, this Scripture focused on prayer, is a simple directive to ask, seek, and knock. A closer look begins to uncover a depth of Jesus’ instructions that should serve as a constant reminder when we seek God in prayer. First, consider the 3 separate actions mentioned here: “ask”, “seek”, “knock”. All three of these steps act in unison in a healthy prayer life but all have a different part to play.
Sometimes it can be difficult to translate the depth of the original Biblical languages into English. In this verse for example we are instructed to ask, seek, and knock but the English would incorrectly lead us to believe this is a one-time action. I don’t often like to switch around to different translations to make a point, but the Holman Christian Standard translation gives us a much more accurate translation of this verse:
“Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7 HCSB)
Do you see it? There is a consistent approach in this verse that should invigorate our prayers. If you’re going to ask God, don’t stop asking in prayer until He has given you a clear answer. The parable of the widow and the unjust judge is an example of how consistent we should be in prayer. (Luke 18:1-8)
What’s the deal with this? Is God hard of hearing? Is He so busy He needs a reminder? Do we have to beg? Certainly not. Consistency in prayer and seeking God’s face is not meant to change the heart of God, it is meant to change ours. As we keep asking, keep searching, and keep knocking the Holy Spirit will begin to change our hearts and bring us into God’s will for our lives.
Just a warning here and a reminder: sometimes God’s answer is no. If God’s answer is no, trust that He is still good and that His will for your life is perfect. Sometimes what we think we really need turns out to be the thing that will take us out of the will of God.
As you pray today, present your needs to God (knowing He already knows your needs – Matthew 6:8). Walk boldly into the throne room to find mercy and grace to help in your time of need (Hebrews 4:16). Seek God’s will along with presenting your desire for an answered prayer. Be prepared to say: “not my will be done, but Your Will God” (Luke 22:2). Lastly, urgently knock at the door until God answers. As you ask, seek, and knock, continue to trust God through the process. Remember this truth: even when it feels like Jesus is four days late, He is right on time. (John 11:38-43)
Lord in Jesus name we come asking, seeking, and knocking. Jesus we confess that without You our prayers would never make it past the celling. But because of you Lord we know that our prayers reach the Father. Help us not to give up hope. Some of us have been praying for weeks, months, or years and it seems like we’ve prayed in vain. Remind us that we never pray in vain Lord. Surround us with your presence and remind us that the God who spoke the universe into existence by the power of His Word hears our prayers and will move in ways we can’t understand. Lord help us in our spiritual exhaustion to continue diligently seeking Your will for our lives. Give us grace to sustain us, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.