Matthew 7:7-11 (KJV)

7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

We sometimes become impatient in our prayer life.

We might get angry or simply throw up our hands and decide God is not listening to us when He doesn’t answer our prayers immediately or in the exact way we hoped. The truth is that God delights in answering our prayers and has provided plenty of promises that should motivate us to talk with Him.

If we understand what Jesus was saying in Matthew 7, we will be able to pray with greater confidence.

To ask is the easy part. We request aid in our jobs or protection of our children. We also ask to be drawn closer to God.

Then, to seek is the next step—the action stage of asking. Oftentimes we need to do something before God will bring about an answer to our prayers. For instance, if we pray, “God, please help me understand Scripture,” we must proceed to open the Bible and start reading.

Finally, to knock demonstrates that we’re coming to the Lord with a sense of dependence upon Him. We recognize that we cannot manipulate an answer to our petitions but instead must rely upon His power. What’s more, our ability to “knock” is unique—our God is personal and intensely interested in us.

Jesus uses the words askseek, and knock in the present active imperative tense.

That means “ask and keep on asking; seek and keep on seeking; knock and keep on knocking.”

In the Scriptures, prayer is compared to incense, which implies an unbroken stream that flows from us to heaven.

Are you providing a continuous fragrance to the Lord with your prayers?

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