Jesus once told a parable about the importance of persistence in prayer. One verse is important to note in this regard.
“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” [Luke 11:9]
This parable is about perseverance and persistence. More specifically, it is about persistence in prayer. When you ask God, believe in what you are asking for, and know that God is able to give you what God determines is your need.
It is midnight. The midnight hour usually finds that most folk have gone to bed. In this story, the man and his children had gone to bed, when there was a knock on the door. The man, no doubt, was wondering, who that is knocking on my door so late at night.
The man knocking was seeking to borrow some bread because some friends had come by unexpectedly and he had no bread to feed them. He goes to a friend in search of bread. No doubt he had good reason to think that his friend had some bread to spare.
The man gives a surprise response. “Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children are with me in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.” Jesus makes the point that the man finally gets up not because the man is his friend. He gets up because of the man’s boldness.
1. Ask and it will be given to you.
2. Seek and you will find.
3. Knock and the door will be opened to you.
We have a loving God who responds to our knocking.
Now, let’s take another look at the notion of knocking from the perspective of the one who realizes that someone is knocking on your door. What will be your response when you hear a knock at your door, the door to your heart?
Do you peep out to see who is knocking? Do you pretend not to hear the knocking? Do you ask who is knocking, and then say go away? Or, do you open the door and welcome in the one who is knocking at your door?
• God – Moses met God in the burning bush.
• Jesus – Paul encountered Jesus on the Damascus road. The friends of Jesus met the Risen Lord on the Emmaus Road. Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come into you and eat with you, and you with me.[Rev. 4:20]
• The Holy Spirit – The disciples encountered the Holy Spirit after a season of prayer in the Upper Room.
Have you paused lately to discover who might be knocking at the door to your heart?