We are encouraged to ask to receive, seek to find, and knock before the door can be opened. What is the meaning of this verse in Luke 11:9-10? I have prayed many prayers asking for something clearly according to God’s will. Before the throne of grace, I have sought solutions to dilemmas beyond my control. I have pounded on God’s door for answers which, in some cases, have never opened as yet. Can you relate?
To ask means I am lacking something. If I am asking, I don’t have what I’m missing. I don’t ask for what I already have.
To seek is to go beyond asking. Seeking calls for action on my part. I must put some effort into what is lost. If I have a child, loved one, or friend who is lost do I not want to know what I can do to assist the father in finding them?
In the parable of the lost coin what was needed was a sweeping of the house. My house needs to be cleansed before I can see clearly in my search for the lost coin. Luke 15: 8-10
Knocking on the door of mercy means I am passionate about the matter I’m pursuing. I am persistent in my desire, I am in earnest, I am committed to sticking with it to the end My eye is on the goal, or do I habitually look at the difficulties? If I’m basing my conclusions on what I see, hear, and feel the devil will always make sure it looks impossible; but if I go on what I know about God the outcome changes.