Read: 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.
Reflect: Asking can be such a natural thing. We grow up asking our parents for food, for help, for the car, for money, but when it comes to God and asking we often miss the mark. We might ask for what we want or even what we need, but when Jesus said to “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” He was defining a whole different kind of asking. Asking in the Bible has to do with taking hold of God and clinging to Him, believing that He and He alone has what we need. When Jesus taught this lesson, it was the first message He preached. He was trying to help people reorient their thinking about God, who He was and what life in Him was really about. He included these 3 steps to taking hold of God; ask, seek, knock. These have to do with taking hold of God, even wrestling with Him over issues and life, believing that if He alone has what you need you will stay in and keep asking, keep seeking and keep knocking.
There is an old school word for this kind of thinking, importunity. It means to hold on, to press on, to wait with a relentless grasp of something. In this case that something is God. Jesus told several stories about importunity and how important it was. In Mark 7:26, He told a story of a lady whose daughter was demonized and she came to Jesus for help. First, she is denied His presence. Then she is denied her request, but she won’t give up. She is relentless and she wins the day with her importunity. Her insistence grabs God’s heart and He yields to her request. Because her request was so filled with faith she would not take no for an answer. What an amazing thought. Perseverance with God is found all over Scripture. Elijah in I Kings 18:42 does the same thing;
But Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he crouched down on the earth and put his face between his knees. He said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” So he went up and looked and said, “There is nothing.” And he said, “Go back” seven times.
Seven times he prayed and sent his servant to check on the clouds and six times there was nothing. I certainly would have given up, but Elijah didn’t and he prevailed! Not because he was so godly or great but because he was so persistent. He asked and asked and kept asking because asking is the law of the Kingdom. Come to your Father with boldness and take hold of His heart and ask. Moses did this for the people of Israel when he fasted for 40 days and prayed. Jesus did this for us when He went to the garden and prayed. You and I can and should do the same. Don’t give up! Don’t quit just when you are on the doorstep of the house. Get inside, press on and press in. Your Father waits for you.
Prayer: Father, teach me to stay in and not give up. To believe you love me and want me to come and keep coming even when I don’t get an answer immediately. Thank you that you love for me to come and chase after you.