Keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7)
One reason why some Christians don’t get answers to their prayers is they pray in doubt rather than in faith. As a result, they don’t see immediate answers to prayer and they believe that God is just not interested in them. When Jesus told us to keep on asking, looking, and knocking what did it mean? Do we get our prayers answered by bugging God until he relents? Do we nag God until he gets tired of us? “Here! Now be quiet,” says God in response to our badgering. I don’t believe this is consistent with the nature of God. Jesus said that the Heavenly Father is far greater, more loving, and willing to give good gifts to his children than any earthly father. He is a God who loves to bless and answer prayer.
Keep on asking means that I must pray in faith and then pray in thankfulness. I don’t think it means that I need to beg God over and over again to forgive me of a sin I have committed. Once is enough when I believe the Bible. Nor does it mean that I have to keep on asking God to help and heal my marriage. I believe keep on asking means that I pray about it and then I believe it and receive it. My future prayers switch from requests to thanking God for answering my prayer.
Keep on looking means that I am to continue to believe God’s promises. Sometimes I am tempted to doubt, but with God’s help I believe. What causes me to believe? It is the promises of God. When you pray according to the will of God, based on the promises of God, depending on the goodness and grace of God you will get your prayers answered. You may have to stand on those promises for a bit, but God will answer your prayer.
Keep on knocking means that I am to do my part too! If you are praying to get out of debt make sure that you are tithing, managing your money well, and controlling your spending. It would be silly to pray for God to bless my finances when I don’t obey what he said about my money. In fact, that would be praying out of the will of God and he does not answer prayers that contradict his word.
Prayer for today: Father, help me to pray in your will, believe in your promises, and trust you to answer my prayers.