“And so I tell you, 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.”
Luke 11:9-10, NLT
This verse doesn’t mean that we get everything for which we we ask.
Some of the things we ask for aren’t good for us, even though we could give seventeen reasons why we think they are. For some things, we need to grow into before we can make them part of our lives—God’s not saying “no,” but rather “not now.”
What happens during the persistent petitioning, the constant knocking, the perpetual seeking? What are we going to find? What doors, exactly, are going to open to us? And will it be worth it, even if it’s not what we so deeply crave at the outset?
Jesus is always worth it.
He tells us to ask, seek, and knock. He will give, find, and open. You see, it takes two to tango.
It takes two to engage. Jesus tells us to obediently ask, seek, and knock not just to give us immediate needs or to deny us what we think is best. Jesus tells us to ask, seek, and knock because it means we are engaging with the best gift of all—Him. And every time we meet with Him, talk to Him, pray to Him, ask Him, seek Him, we are changed. His presence changes us. We grow because we know Him just a little bit more than if we had never sought Him in the first place.
As we change to become more like Him, our desires and our hopes and our dreams align with His. The questions with which we began morph into something deeper and more profound. What we started seeking in the beginning pales in comparison with what He helps us to find. The door we so desperately wanted flung open on its hinges now looks dilapidated compared with the doorway He’s standing in now.
Do you trust Him enough to be obedient in the asking, the seeking, the knocking? What actions display this?
Are you willing to allow Him to grow you as you grow closer to Him, to release anything you’ve held onto more tightly than you’ve held onto Him?
Jesus, sometimes it feels scary to pursue You. Remind me that You are the God that makes the impossible possible and that I can trust You in all things. Amen.