One of my favorite verses in the bible is Matthew 7:7 –“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
I love this because the God of the universe is giving us permission to present our requests before Him. If what we want lines up with His perfect will we can be confident that our prayers will be answered.
I have no problem presenting my requests before God because I know that whatever His answer is will be in my best interest. I love to pray, “Lord, I really would love (fill in the blank), if you say “No” that is okay, but please don’t let it be that I didn’t ask.”
God has answered many of my prayers with “yes.” He has answered many of my prayers with “no” and He has answered many of my prayers with “not yet.”
I am okay with all of the above because I trust that He sees around corners that I don’t, and He wants what is best for me. It has been said that if we could see the whole picture, God’s will, would always be our will!
So what do you do if you think the answer is “not yet?” The verse says for us to ask, seek, and knock. We all want our prayers answered in the first stage but sometimes we have to go beyond just asking and start seeking and knocking as well. I call this actively waiting for my prayer request.
My request right now is to become a better swimmer so I don’t panic when I do the swim portions of triathlons. I wish I could have just asked to be a better swimmer and “poof” it would be so, but that’s not how it works. I believe God wants to answer my prayer but I have a part to play as well. I am actively waiting by seeking instruction and knocking at the pool (or lakes) door 4 -5 times a week to practice swimming. I will be proving by my actions how badly I want this prayer answered. What I may have believed was a “no” if I stopped at the asking stage, was more than likely a “yes” all along but I had to go through the training. When my prayer is answered, not only will my faith have grown but my strength and endurance as well. My part is to trust the process, enjoy the journey, be consistent and persistent, and actively wait for His perfect timing.
What are you actively waiting for?
“BE CONSISTENT AND PERSISTENT!”
Luke 11:5-10 (NIV)
Then He said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and from inside he answers and says, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been shut and my children and I are in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ “I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs.
“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. “For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened.
Yet those who wait for the Lord
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.