Luke 11 - ask seek knock

Luke 11:9-10 Ask. Seek. Knock. #230

Ask. Seek. Knock. While I am very familiar with this verse, I mostly recall it from Matthew 7. However over the past few weeks as I was reading Luke 11, it stood out to me and I wanted to share it with you. Luke 11:9-10 comes directly after the Lord’s prayer and encourages us to pray with a childlike confidence. The passage says, “Ask and you’ll receive. Seek and you’ll discover. Knock on heaven’s door, and it will one day open for you. Every persistent person will get what he asks for. Every persistent seeker will discover what he needs. And everyone who knocks persistently will one day find an open door.” Luke 11:9-10

Do you realize how important persistence and boldness is when it comes to prayer? And praying with a childlike confidence too? You know, most people probably pray for something once, or perhaps a few times and then they give up. How many people do you know that are willing to pray 5, 10 or 15 years for something? Probably not many, because we live in an instant society and we aren’t willing to be a generation that presses in and remains persistent when things get hard. Instead we throw our hands up and just assume that if it’s taken too long then it’s not supposed to happen.

But notice this verse says “every persistent person will get what he asks for.” It does not say every person who asks a handful of times; the key here is persistence. Ask, seek and knock is not meant to be a one time thing, it’s meant to be backed by persistence. 

Would you consider yourself a persistent person? What dreams have you given up on because you got weary of asking? God loves to take care of his children by answering their prayers, but it’s going to take something on your part and that is persistent praying.

Luke 11 - ask seek knock

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