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.
Something just occurred to me. Out of the three actions named in this verse, two of them are instructions to bother God. He tells us to ask, seek and to knock. How can we “knock” on God’s door if that doesn’t consist of talking to him? He tells us to ask, so to pray, to seek or to look for or research, and to knock…which, to me, can only mean talking to him as well.
Prayer is the meat of our spiritual lives. Prayer is what ties it all together.
We can read the bible, listen to sermons, read books…but I believe it’s all tied together with communicating with God. Talking to him and presenting our hearts to him. Talking to him and asking he reveal his will to us. Being still and listening to him speak to us.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Not only are we supposed to talk to God, but we are supposed to present a petition to him of our needs. The definition of “petition” is: “A formal request, typically one signed by many people, appealing to authority with respect to a particular cause. Request, application, prayer, appeal, plea, beg, plead, ak beseech.”
Isn’t it interesting that the definition of “Petition” includes that this request is usually signed by many people?
Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.
God tells us that we need to gather people together, ask that they present our request to God as well and when we are in agreement with others and presenting that request to God, he will listen and give us what we are asking for. We need to petition God with what our hearts are yearning for.
I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest and give him not rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth.
God tells us to continually pray to him about our needs and remind him of his promises to us. He says that we need to do this to the point that we have no rest and we are not even allowing him to rest! Keep going before God and asking for your prayers to be answered, and then ask him some more. And then ask him some more. He will listen, he has promised us this!
And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
Whatever we would like, whatever concerns or desires we have, God has instructed us to present them to him. To talk to him, our Creator, and he will listen.
Sometimes, we’re so emotionally drained, so exhausted, that we don’t know what to pray. Sometimes, it’s hard to even form the words. Or if we can form words, we’re not sure which ones to pray. There are certain circumstances that are just tough to discern and know how to talk to God about.
In the same way the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.
When we are weak, all we need to do is call on God. Just say his name. The Holy Spirit will intercede for our hearts and express them to God. If all we have strength for is to say Jesus’ name, that’s ok, that’s all we need to do and he will take care of the rest.
In prayer, we draw closer to God. We communicate with our Creator and he communicates with us. Prayer is a vital part of our relationship with God. Knowing him, reading his word is so important, but talking to him and inviting him to talk to us, is even more important. This being said though, I know that they go hand-in-hand with each other. When you talk to God, you desire to know him more. When you know him more, you desire to talk to him.
If you only knew a lot about a friend, but never spent time talking to them, the friendship would only go so far.
One thing I am grateful for is time I spend talking to God. I set aside specific time a couple times a day to talk to him and it has become very special to me. Not only do I feel closer to God than I ever have, but I hear and see him in my life more than ever before.
God desires to spend time with you, he desires to hear your heart. Yes, he already knows every detail about you, every thought that crosses your mind or hope that is in your heart. But he wants you to know that you can trust him with these details. He doesn’t just want to know them, he wants to talk to you about them.
The most exhilarating experiences I have ever had are experiencing my prayers being answered. Knowing that my time with God was appreciated by him and that he cared what I spoke to him about, and that he answered my prayers…there is nothing that compares to that! It is well worth the time you put into prayer each day.