“So I say to you, ask, and it will
be given to you; seek, and you will
find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”
Jesus gave these instructions to His disciples during His response to their question to teach them to pray.
It just hit me recently, that A S K is an acronym for ask, seek, knock, and perhaps the three are stages or degrees of prayer as we become more serious in our prayer.
We are instructed by our Lord Jesus to ask our Heavenly Father anything in His
Name, and it will be given to us. There are many things we ask for,
particularly in this country, that we receive without hesitation. Most people
have food and shelter, or are able to be provided for. So, when we ask we will receive.
There are certain times as we request something from our Father that we do need to seek Him, and seek His will and plan, to enable us to pray effectively. It takes more work and effort as we seek in prayer.
A few years ago, our daughter, Sarah, phoned us after dark one evening,
explaining that she lost her diamond ring in their yard someplace. She and her
husband Matt had been playing catch in the yard, and once they were back in the
house for a few hours, Sarah noticed her ring was missing. When she took the
ball glove off, the ring probably got caught and slipped off her finger. Barb
and I went to their home to assist in the search, with flashlights, hoping that
the light beam would cause a reflection from the diamond. That was truly
seeking, as we covered that yard back and forth, in the area where she had
been, in a slow methodical manner, while praying as well. There was not a quick
and easy solution, but eventually Matt did find the ring, and was able to
present Sarah with the diamond a second time. 🙂
I think it is the same when we approach our Heavenly Father at times in prayer.
We need to work through a great deal of the terrain until we arrive at the
point of really being serious.
A number of years ago my Dad was in the hospital and had been told by the Doctors he had 24-48 hours to live. While praying for him that night, I confessed to God that I did not know how to pray for Dad, and continued calling out to God, and knocking on the door of Heaven. God did answer that night, and touched Dad, so he was able to return to work, and work until he was 65, and live until he was 86.
We also need to get to the position of not taking God for granted, but
realizing that He is our Provider in all areas of life. As we persistently call
upon our God, and knock on the doors of Heaven, although He knows all, we prove to ourselves that we are serious and dependent. It takes time, but we grow
stronger in our faith, and know that God really does care about all things in
our life. God wants us to call out to Him, but to realize that He will use all
means to help us grow stronger and closer to Him. By Asking, Seeking, and Knocking, we are stretched, and we see our Father, and we hear Him, and we receive from Him in new ways.