Always Be Asking; Always Be Seeking; Always Be Knocking
“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” (Matthew 7:7).
Recently, we endured a great hardship at my house. It was the day I woke up and my espresso machine stopped working. I’m pretty much a coffee freak, and you other coffee freaks out there know the machine has to keep running!
I reached out to the company. I asked all kinds of questions and tried to find answers. I even started knocking on the side of the machine with a wrench to get it to work. I was active! Because we’re talking about my espresso! We’re talking about caffeine! I’m not just rolling over on this. I’m not just leaving a message and hoping it works out. I gotta get this solved! And guess what? This mechanically challenged pastor fixed that espresso machine and pulled himself a fresh shot as a reward. Then it broke again later and got worse. So I asked, seeked and knocked for an actual repair person and mailed it to get it fixed!
But here’s the thing: I was active. We all know what it is to be active, versus passive. Jesus is saying, when it comes to prayer, don’t be passive. Pray regularly, actively and purposefully.
Notice the progression from an ask, to seek, to knock. In the days before phones this is how you found a person. All three words are all commands, each one is more intense and the way the verbs are used in the original text suggest continual ongoing activity. Always be asking. Always be seeking. Always be knocking. Be persistent and active in prayer.