“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 the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.
When Jesus tells us in Luke 11 and in Matthew 7 to ask, seek and to knock there is an element of persistency contained within these words. We can read them with the understanding that Jesus is expressing a sense of urgency that should not be let up on lightly. All who believe in Him should keep on asking, keep on seeking and keep on knocking. Not to persuade God to come to our side over His will or win His favor by our persistency and dedication but to continually come before His presence until our souls are satisfied with His glorious response.
We ask with persistency to be heard and receive the desire of our petition. We seek with persistency to find Him who which is not far from us and desires those who seek Him. We knock with persistency to see the door that He has prepared for us to walk through. The door that He has opened to share the gospel with our co-worker who has had all doors closed on her. The door of ministry to the hurting and broken in our city.
When we persistently come to God with the same request sometimes the Holy Spirit will show us that our request is for our desires and not for His glory and He begins to change our request by changing our vision and changing our heart. James 4:3 says, You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. When we persistently come to God where our passions need to be changed he changes. Where our vision needs to be changed, he changes. Where our ears need to be attentive he tunes.
Soul satisfaction comes to the man, to the woman who persistently asks, seeks and knocks the Lord.