“So I say to you, keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened."
Defending another poor Manchester United performance this season, manager Jose Mourinho said recently in a post-match interview ‘in every wall there is a door’.
I love this perspective. Sometimes in life it can feel like we make progress and then find ourselves at another wall. It’s important to remember that that wall isn’t the end.
1. Today, what are you asking for?
I don’t know about you, but often I can find myself frustrated with situations or circumstances that come before me - things not going my way, opportunities missed, or unexpected circumstances that derail my own selfish plans or ambition. So I find myself at my next wall or door waiting for a way out.
It’s in these moments I believe God presents us with a choice. We either let frustration or anger take control OR we ask God to intervene. Where do you need breakthrough in your life today? In the big or the small? Pray boldly and trust in Him.
It’s often in the practice that we see His presence.
In these verses Jesus tells us to ‘Keep Asking’, ‘Keep searching’, ‘Keep Knocking’. We are told to be persistent with our prayers. That means we ask again and again, knocking until that door opens.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 says to ‘pray without ceasing’. To pray continually requires us to be persistent and disciplined with our prayers. Are there things that you have stopped praying for? Maybe today God could be asking you to bring Him those things again.
Take heart, and don’t lose hope!
3. How is God responding?
In my experience, God has a wonderful way of answering prayers in ways that we didn’t expect. We remember that God is a faithful God, so therefore, how do we see him answering our cries for help? Are there times when the business of life gets in the way of Him speaking or directing, and could we at times miss the one thing we’ve been asking for?
“..the one who searches finds.” Searching requires action just as much as asking does. As we bring our burdens or needs to God, how are we searching for the answer?