“For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” Matthew 7:8
The basis of Jesus’ call for us to pray is that God will answer our prayers. Jesus promises that God does not ignore our requests. He does not hide or withhold that which we’re seeking. And He does not lock us out when we try to enter. This is why when we ask, seek, and knock, we can know that the requester receives, the seeker finds, the knocker is welcomed.
These words of promise and hope from the Lord are so inviting, so direct, so confident that many are quick to qualify them.
» “He doesn’t mean that God will answer every prayer exactly how we want it answered.”
» “Sure, the Bible says that God answers prayer, but God is more interested in changing us than changing
» “Just because God says that our prayers are powerful doesn’t mean that we should approach God
While there is some truth to each one of these “qualifiers.” we shouldn’t be so quick to explain away and rationalize the teaching of our Lord. Jesus intends to inspire our prayers, encourage our faith, and challenge our doubt. As citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven living in this broken world, we have many needs. Spiritual, physical, relational, and financial needs fill our lives. Let’s humbly take these needs to our Father in prayer, confident that He is eager to answer us.
Father, my needs are great. But You are a great God! As I bring my needs to You, may I trust that You hear me. And You desire to answer my prayer. Amen.