Scripture Reading: Matthew 7:7-8; Luke 11:9-13
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it is opened.” (Matthew 7: 7—8)
ASK … GIVEN
SEEK … FIND
KNOCK .. . OPENED
These are three different ways of getting what you want from God. If the first doesn’t succeed, try the next; and if that is not successful, try the third.
Many never get what they want because they get discouraged if their prayers are not immediately answered.
Asking, seeking, and knocking are three ways of praying — each one gaining in intensity.
Asking: First you ask. If your faith is strong, and it is the Father’s will, you shall receive the answer to your prayers quickly.
Seeking: But sometimes there are hindrances, and your prayers are not answered immediately. Then you must begin to seek out the reason why, and what the hindrance is. Be diligent to seek for that which is lost: a lost reason, a lost truth, a lost fact, a lost hope, a lost revelation, a lost experience, a lost vision, a lost soul, a lost ambition, a lost memory, a lost love, or even a lost thing that is only of earthly value. Keep seeking until you find. Don’t give up!
Seek the face of God with all diligence, honesty and sincerity, and He will reveal Himself to you.
Knocking: But if there is strong demonic opposition, you may have to stand at Heaven’s door and keep knocking and knocking and knocking. It is not because the Heavenly Father is not willing to answer prayer, but because the ears of men are deaf and they cannot hear what God is asking them to do, or their hearts are closed to the truths and the revelation of the Holy Spirit. God’s laws will never allow the Holy Spirit to force the will of God upon man. God created man in such a way that every human being has the right of choice. The Father will not take that away from man. There are no conscripts in the Kingdom of God, only volunteers. Neither is there forced slavery — only loveslaves. All are free men.
But often, when hearts are hard, it takes intensified praying, i.e. “knocking” at Heaven’s gate, to bind up the hindering forces of evil and darkness so that the captive soul can be set free from the powers of darkness that bind him, and God can open his eyes so that he can receive the light of truth.
So, My dear child, if you have been praying a long time for a certain thing, don’t give up! Just change your method of prayer. Let your prayers become even more intense.
Always remember, your Heavenly Father is a God Who hears and answers prayer.
Do not become discouraged. Always have hope and faith. Keep on persevering in prayer until you have the answer.
From the Heart of Jesus by Gwen Shaw
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