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7 Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, [the door] will be opened. Matt 7: 7-8 AMPC
11 If you then, evil as you are, know how to give good and advantageous gifts to your children, how much more will your Father Who is in heaven [perfect as He is] give good and advantageous things to those who keep on asking Him! Matt 7:11 AMPC
God wants us to persist in prayer. God wants relationship with us. He wants us to talk to Him about our desires because it is such an intimate thing to do. When we open ourselves up and share our hopes and dreams with God, and then go even further to ask Him to grant them, it is a very humbling thing. When we ask for something, we are acknowledging ownership. We are acknowledging that the person we’re asking has the power over what we want. It is recognizing that it’s up to God in His sovereignty, whether we receive what we have asked for or not…and being ok with that. Not in resentful resignation, but truly recognizing that God being Sovereign is what’s best for us. It’s realizing that if we had everything we ever wanted, we would be destroyed in one way or another. It’s being mature enough to see that God’s Sovereignty is a protective barrier that guides us toward the reason we were made.
To ‘keep on’ asking, seeking and reverently knocking is an exercise in faith and hope. If we don’t believe God can or will grant our requests, then we’ll stop asking. But as we grow in assurance of God’s love for us, we delight in Him. Our desires become aligned with His for us. Then when we ask, seek and knock, we can do it with confidence. Confidence that our Father knows exactly what we need. Confident that He has the power and intention to completely fulfill our needs.
When we ask, we can keep on asking, because our hearts are humble and expectant – filled with hope in the One who holds our lives in His Hands. When we ask, we honor God. We are acknowledging that outside of Him, we have nothing of worth. That everything we need is in Him. We are recognizing God as the author and key holder of our dreams.
As we allow the Holy Spirit to help us see what is advantageous for us, our hearts shift to want what God wants. We become convinced of His love and free to persist in prayer, reverently asking our Loving Father for what we need, trusting Him to provide as He sees fit.
Let’s pray this prayer today:
Lord please help me to dare to dream. To dare to utter the deep desires of my heart to you. I don’t need to be afraid to ask. I trust you with my heart. I believe Lord, that you do love me and that You are good. Your goodness and Your love toward me are beyond my capacity to fully understand.
You are my loving Father. Help me to be humble enough to come to you with my requests, trusting in Your power and intention to provide what is best for me. As I ‘keep on’, my faith is built. My hope is renewed. Thank you Lord that You are faithful to do as you have promised. Your Word says, “for EVERYONE who keeps on…receives”. Your gifts are good and for all Your children who dare to ‘keep on’…to hope fearlessly in You.
May my desires be aligned with Yours for me. May my dreams match Your plan and purpose for my life. By Your Holy Spirit, reveal to me your will in whatever portion I can handle. Help me to know what is good and advantageous so I don’t ask amiss. May Your presence be my greatest treasure. May my joy be wrapped up in Christ and all He has done. In Jesus’ name, Amen.