“And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” (Luke 11:9)
How many of us in need have asked for help? Notice the word “ask” is in the present tense. When in need we need to presently, persistently and without fail, ask. There is no set number of times we are to ask. There is no time limit. Jesus Christ instructs us to ask. It is an ongoing effort for if we do then, “it shall be given you”.
The asking comes in two manners. One is asking your fellow man for help. The other and most importantly is asking God in prayer. There is nothing more powerful or effective than prayer to God. Every prayer is heard but whether or not it is answered may depend upon you and your persistence.
When in need do we seek for an answer? Do we honestly look for the solution to our problem? If it is a financial problem do we really look at our finances to discover what is going wrong? If it is a relationship problem do we seek inside of ourselves for solutions? If there is a problem at work do we seek resolution? You know the problem but are you seeking a solution or are you content with the misery you are presently in. Maybe even finding gratification and satisfaction in your misery and in telling others of your woes?
Jesus said that if you seek, then “ye shall find”. But you must first seek!
Knock and it shall be opened unto you. Again, the command to knock is timeless and limitless. We are to knock on the door of opportunity and possibility. Notice Jesus says “it shall be opened unto you”. It shall be, not may be or could be or would be if…The door shall be opened only if you knock.
Ask, seek and knock are all ongoing processes. If we stay in that mode then Jesus affirms, “For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” (Luke 11:10).
Why are we reluctant to follow what Jesus instructs us to do? Why do we usually limit our ask, seek and knock to a certain amount of time then quit? Whether we realize it or not but part of the struggle is a value test. In simple terms we do what we value. Is our problem big enough or important enough? If so then we will persist in trying to find a solution. If not then we will give up, the effort of asking, seeking and knocking for it will be too great for us.
To persist in asking, seeking and knocking the need for resolution must be greater than the pain of the effort expended in finding the resolution.
The only time we do not find what we are looking for is when we give up. Jesus never gives up on us. He is true to His word and wants nothing more that our lives saved and improved upon. So if you are asking and not getting an answer, keep asking. If you are seeking and not finding keep seeking. And if you are knocking to no avail then keep on knocking. Stay in the process, stay in the mode and the Lord Jesus will respond.
Ask and it shall be given you