Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: (Matthew 7:7)
Jesus tells us here that we basically will get what we ask him for in prayer. However, this may seem a bit frustrating when you are a person believing that you have been asking and not receiving anything. It does not mean that God has forgotten about his promise, maybe the problem is just on your behalf.
Different Dimensions of Prayer:
- There are times when we can just ask for something and someone will give it to us. If I go to my father and ask “may I please have $1, dad?”, he can simply say “here, no problem”. However, if I ask “dad can you buy me a new BMW?”, he would have to think about it. Not because of his budget, but a key factor is if I am prepared for it.
- If we had everything we asked for, would we really need God?
- Not everything will be given, we have to show that we really want what we are asking for.
- When I go to pick up my car keys, I don’t seek for them. I just go towards it, because I already know where it is.
- To seek means an attempt or desire to obtain something.
- Now if my new phone is misplaced while being on silent mode, it’s time to go hunting! I would have to look high and low, left and right, just about everywhere with the expectation to find what I am looking for.
- We must all realize that if we are seeking God for something, we must seek Him diligently.
- But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. ( Hebrews 11:6). God rewards us when we seek diligently.
- Praying once and giving up won’t cut it.
- Honestly, there are times when a person knocks on your front door and you surely cannot hear them. However, when a police officer knocks, you are guaranteed to hear them. Why? Because he/she is determined to have someone open the door.
- The problem today is, we pray for the will of God, but we do not wait on His timing. God wants to work, but if he does everything at my command then I am sovereign, not Him.
- Jesus loved Lazarus. However, Jesus waited until Lazarus was dead and stinking to come and work a miracle. Why? If he was raised within 3 days, they would say he was never dead. They believed, or maybe still believe, that within 3 days the person could be raised back to life. Jesus decided to wait until the people lost hope so that they had no excuse not to believe on Him. We all have our situations that we want God to answer quickly, but we must learn to wait on his timing!
Men are always to pray and not faint! (Luke 18:1-8).
If my prayers aren’t being answered I should question myself, not God:
- Luke 18:10-14, maybe I’m trying to prove myself as being better than others?
- James 4:3, do I have bad or selfish motives?
- Psalm 66:18, maybe I have iniquity in my heart?
- Psalm 138:6, is pride separating me from God?
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)
- Is it a need? Or do you want it because everyone else has it?
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. (John 15:7)
- Am I abiding in God?
We must all realize, GOD is NOT Santa Claus! You cannot just come to Him when we want something. Build a relationship with Him. Thank Him for what you have and stop being ungrateful. Never lose faith in your God. Jesus has already answered, just wait on your results.
Until that door opens, praise God! Keep praying. Keep Fasting. Be blessed!