“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.”

Matthew 7:7-8

These words of Jesus, meant to encourage us, have sometimes left Christians wondering why they pray if their prayers are not going to be answered as they want. Faithful believers in Jesus might pray for healing, for the repentance of a wayward child, for the provision of employment, for the removal of an addiction, or for comfort in the loneliness of a prison sentence. But the answer has appeared to be “no.” What keeps us all from thinking we “just can’t make prayer work,” as Tom Sawyer said when he asked God for fish hooks but never got any?

Remember these things: First, our own will for the situation could be wrong, but His will can never be wrong. Second, our persistent-widow kind of praying (see Luke 18:1-8) keeps us near to God and growing in faith in Him. And lastly, God is always working for the good of His people who love Him (see Romans 8:28).

“When I was seeking the Lord, I found Him just when I needed Him the most. Some time ago I asked God to heal my mom who was diagnosed with brain cancer, and He did.”




Scripture Focus

Matthew 7:7-12

Insight

Please pray for Brian, 33, who has served two years of a ten-year sentence, that he will continue to seek the Lord in fervent prayer.

Bible In A Year

  • Exodus 33-34
  • Psalm 42
  • Luke 6