7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! 12 Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7:7-12
Our Father in Heaven is faithful when we go before Him in prayer. Prayer is not a one time event. Many times people think well I prayed for it already and I am just waiting for it to happen. But what the Lord desires to do within us in the place of prayer is develop deep intimacy and maturity. He desires to transform us from the inside out and this simply takes place by spending time in His presence.
Asking, seeking, and knocking are continuous actions. We are called to pray as the Holy Spirit leads us. In our wisdom and understanding we are very limited, we cannot see beyond today. But we have been given the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us into all truth. We have been given the Holy Spirit to empower us for the work and service of God’s kingdom. We must trust the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
If our desire is to develop a deeper prayer life than it is the Holy Spirit who is drawing us to that place. The way the Holy Spirit often leads us is through desire. He places desires within us that drive and lead the way we pray. If we never desired anything then we would stay exactly where we are for the rest of our lives. But God’s desire is to always take us to a much deeper and higher place in His kingdom.
Our lives on this earth are very short and we should use every day for the glory of the name of Jesus. There is no better way to accomplish this than developing a disciplined prayer life. As we pray more and more that Lord will bring to our minds and hearts different areas He would desire us to pray into.
God accomplishes the purposes of His kingdom through the faithful prayers of His people. He is seeking those who would draw near and be relentless in the place of prayer. The enemy will often try to overwhelm us with discouragement but this is why we are called to fix our eyes upon Jesus. When our eyes are fixed upon Jesus we will walk in God’s perfect peace and we will understand the authority we have through Calvary. We have the opportunity to shape the world and history. It is an incredible honor and privilege when we truly understand the power of prayer.