Today’s To Do List: Ask, Seek, Knock.
“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.” – Matthew 7:7-8
What does it mean to be persistent? Some people say that in order to be persistent about something you must be passionate about it. I’d tend to agree with that statement. If I’m going to be persistent about something, it’s going to absorb a ton of my energy, a ton of my time, and I’m going to focus on it like a mad man.
In Matthew 7:7-8, Jesus tells us very clearly to persist in prayer. So what exactly does that mean? Well, it helps if we ask ourselves a few questions…
- Have we ever prayed for something, and after a week or two of praying with no results, we gave up praying for it?
- Have we ever offered up a half-hearted prayer and then gotten furious with God when that prayer didn’t get answered?
- Have we ever accused God of not listening to us?
Communication with God in prayer takes faith, focus, follow-through. That can sound like a lot, but we have to remember that Jesus promised us that we will be rewarded as we pursue and develop a deeper relationship with Him.
My friend, don’t give up in your efforts to seek God. Instead, increase them and gain more focus, more than you’ve ever had before.
Continue to seek His will for your life. Ask Him for knowledge and for an abundance of patience, wisdom, and love. Then, when He answers, ask Him for understanding as you prepare to follow Him and His plan for you. All of these things will be given to you in His perfect timing.