Forty Days of Prayer – Day 3
Yesterday I wrote about the first part of this passage that dealt with boldness in prayer. Today I would like you to contemplate the second part. Here this passage is again.
“Then he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and he goes to him at midnight and says, `Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.’ “Then the one inside answers, `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.’ I tell you, though he will not get up and give him the bread because he is his friend, yet because of the man’s boldness he will get up and give him as much as he needs. “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. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Luke 11:5-10)
In the second part of this passage Jesus tells us to ask, to seek, to knock. The first motive to pray is usually to ask for something. In fact those who seldom pray, will pray, when they are in dire need of something. God wants us to come to Him in prayer and ask. Jesus says, “Ask and it will be given to you.” This is not to say that every request we make is answered yes. Sometimes God in love says no, because he has something better in store.
The second part here is, “seek and you will find.” Seeking here could mean seeking God, or seeking His will. Many things in life take time. In fact some people keep a prayer journal. If they write down what they have prayed for they find that their prayers are answered, but it often takes time. Seeking reminds us that prayer is a long term relationship with God.
The last part here is “Knock and the door will be opened to you.” The most powerful moments of prayer for me are when I get to look Jesus in the face. I am not asking, I am not seeking, I am just speaking in prayer and Jesus opens the door so that I can see Him. Sometimes when this happens my breath is taken away and I do not have words to say. Prayer then is as if Jesus has opened the door and welcomes me into His presence.
Lord thank you for opening the door for us. In fact Jesus is even called the “Door,” because he makes it possible for us to enter Your Kingdom. Thank you that we can pray in Jesus’ name and that He teaches us to pray. Remind us that when we pray, we come into Your holy and awesome presence. Amen.