Some of the first words out of a young child’s mouth are “Why, What’s at, or How come.” Questions abound. They want to know everything about their world in one day. Sometimes it drives a parent nuts. You want to shut the door on any and all questions forever.
Jesus was not so inclined. In fact, in Matthew 7, verse 7, He says, “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.” Jesus wants our persistence…our continued communication with Him.
He uses parents as an example. In verse 9, He adds, “You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him?”
The Lord wants our attention to be focused on Him, whatever the circumstances in our life. He wants us to know that God loves us more than a parent loves a child and will provide accordingly. All we need do is ask. We seek His face, His comfort, His provision. And when we knock on the door of our Lord’s heart, He will open it to us.
Do you keep a journal? Sometimes it might be important to keep track of all the times God has answered your prayers, so you can build trust that God means what He says. A journal allows us to look back, see where He visited us, and see what He has done. God does answer the prayer of a fervent heart, one that persists, and implores on a regular basis.
For further study: 1John 5:14-15; James 4:3