7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Throughout the sermon on the mount Jesus continually makes references to the importance and centrality of prayer. Not only does he highlight the words to use but repeatedly emphasizes it is an integral part of the private Chrisitan life – to be done in secret. Here Jesus emphasizes the way and persistence with which we should pray. He infers three different movements we should make in our push to see the hand of God move. We should ask, seek and knock. Interestingly enough, the Greek word for ‘seek’ also can be translated as worship. There is a process, persistence and authenticity to the way we should pray before God.
Lately, my prayer life has not been where it should be. Sometimes I find that I can get tired of praying as it can feel as though it is all for no avail. Yet here, Jesus promises that God will respond to those who relentlessly pursue and persist in their requests before him. How often do I grow impatient with God’s timing regardless of how often he has been patient with me.
God, teach me what it means to pray, seek and knock. To relentlessly pursue you in all that I do. Thank you for the gift of prayer, teach me, lead me and guide me in developing a healthy, persistent and fruitful prayerlife.