Matthew 7:7-8 tells us to seek God: “Seek and you will find...He who seeks finds.”

Seeking implies a desire for something of great value– Like the woman searching for her lost coin, the man seeking the pearl of great price or the shepherd leaving the 99 to seek out the 1 lost sheep. This kind of prayer is usually tied with the search for deeper understanding, direction or dealing with trials. Paul’s thorn in the flesh also illustrates seeking. The thorn was not removed (evidently never removed), but Paul gained presence, power and perspective as to why his first prayers were not answered. His answer required a deeper seeking– a repeated seeking called “pressing in.” This seeking is persistence. 

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” We are praying for our son, Zeke, by seeking God this way. Yet, we know that God does not always remove, but He does reprove. It’s obvious that the Lord is training us in His presence, perspective and power– along with our son Zeke. Maybe Zeke’s destiny is to help others, who would deal with sickness and disease. What we do know is that we can seek God in prayer, His plans for us are better than we can imagine and God loves us.