Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
—Matthew 7:7-8 (NLT)
Don't ever give up on prayer. Pray—not from your weakness but believing God will answer. Keep asking Him. We often give up on prayer when we don't see results as soon as we would like. Keep seeking and digging. Open your mind to receive something He has for you in His Word. Believe what He shows you and accept it as His Truth.
Often, we pray in desperation, and we miss the by-products of persistent prayer—learning patience, commitment, endurance, and self-control. These virtues bring spiritual growth and give us the determination to believe in His promise. When we keep on asking and seeking, we also receive His knowledge. Wisdom is ours when we ask for it. We believe that His promise is real.
Prayer is not just about the answer. It spiritually grows us when we keep asking and seeking. Prayer doesn’t change God. It changes us to understand what we have already received in Jesus.
“By his divine power,” Peter wrote, “God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence” (2 Peter 1:3, NLT).
We received everything we needed for a godly life when we came to know Jesus. He drew us to the Cross. Prayer draws us to understand what He has given us.
Keep asking, and you will receive what you ask. Keep seeking and receive more faith to believe. Keep knocking at the door in the strength He has grown in you. God hears you, and He opens the door to receive your promise.
“The more you grow like this,” Peter also wrote, “the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:8, NLT).
Prayers are effective when we ask and seek and unwaveringly knock. We learn who we are in Jesus. Trusting we shall receive, we go boldly into His throne room.
“Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise” (Hebrews 10:23, NLT).
©2020 Lynn Lacher