Matthew 7:7-11 gives us the secret to effective prayer. It says, “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him?” Jesus gives us 3 steps to Effective Prayer. Ask...Seek...Knock! Let's not forget the key phrase "KEEP ON." Paul pleads with Galatia, to NOT GIVE IN by getting tired or discouraged! This is why we should be devoted to getting charged in God’s presence and encouraged by His Word daily. KEEP ON ASKING! KEEP ON SEEKING! KEEP ON KNOCKING! Let’s go into more depth concerning these three steps of receiving what you ask for.
STEP 1: KEEP ASKING
We must know specifically and clearly what we want from God. Blind Bartimaeus knew exactly what he wanted when Jesus asked him. He said, "LORD, I WANT TO SEE!" Solomon, as well knew exactly his request the instant God asked him what He wanted. He said, "GOD GIVE ME WISDOM TO GOVERN YOUR PEOPLE!" Let me ask you... What do you want?
STEP 2: KEEP SEEKING
Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be (Matthew 6:21). You will search far and wide to attain those things that you truly want. We must seek to find the promise or faith to what we are asking for. "YOUR SEEKING PRODUCES SUBSTANCE!" This substance or faith gives us the power and ability to attain the impossible.
STEP 3: KEEP KNOCKING
When you have faith for something, YOU GO AFTER IT! Maybe the first few opportunities or knocks didn't cause you to receive the promise, that's ok…KEEP KNOCKING!!! Eventually the door will be opened and you will receive what you dreamed for! JUST DON’T QUIT! Let's enter into effective pray and KEEP asking, seeking, and knocking!