When Jesus responded to His disciples about how to pray, He also mentioned the necessity to pray with consistency. He said, “So I say to you, keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened” (Luke 11:9-10). The verses here are not meant to be understood that God would answer our prayers freely according to whatever we ask for. We discussed the similarity of this text to Psalm 37:4–“Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires.” In this case, our heart’s desires are not just about what we will get if you are trusting in the Lord. It is more about how we develop a closeness to God through consistent prayer and study of God’s Word. This occurs when we make it a point to have a time of daily devotions and prayer. We are instructed to “pray constantly” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). It is this mindset in our Christlike obedience and in our reverence for Him where we develop a heart for God and how our thought life follows accordingly. God’s desires become our desires when we pray and seek after Him. Our prayers for our personal needs become less and less important as our concerns for others in our lives. This is a sure sign of having a heart for God in our prayers. We know there are many things to pray for and many people in our families and churches who need our prayers and petitions. So when we consistently pray to the Lord in our searching, seeking, asking, and knocking, we are doing so with the desire to see how God continues to work in mysterious and amazing ways in our lives. Our heart’s desire will truly be God’s desire. Watch and see how our prayers open doors and change lives!
Sunday School Today: Asking, Seeking, Knocking
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