Keep Asking, Seeking, Knocking

Matthew 7:7-8 "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.”

Towards the end of the Sermon on the Mount, we have the most basic teaching on prayer in the New Testament– The three verbs are in the present tense and translated as: “keep on asking, keep on seeking, and keep on knocking.” Why do some prayers take years to be answered and others are answered immediately? I do not know the answer and find it useless to speculate, but this much is clear; If we keep on knocking at heaven’s door, sooner or later, the door will be opened to us. As I look at these three levels of prayer, it strikes me that there are no limits. Anyone can pray to God about anything. The emphasis falls not on our prayers, but on the certainty of answers from God. Jesus mentions our part three times: We are to ask, seek, and knock. He tells us six times that we will receive, we will find and the door will be opened to us. God is asking us to ask. He is continually inviting us to seek Him and He is daring us to knock.