The answer to unanswered questions will always be NO. My English teacher at the start of my senior year of high school gave my class those words of wisdom as we thought about applying to colleges. She was saying that we should apply to schools even if we don’t think we could apply because we’d never really know unless we tried. We had to be willing to take the risk. I began to think to myself – how often do I just take the “no” without taking the chance to take a risk?
Sometimes, I hesitate to ask questions or seek out opportunities because I second guess myself. I second guess my value and my ability to actually get the opportunity or receive the YES. My fear of no paralyzes me from actually even asking, seeking, or knocking.
In this scripture, Jesus is talking to His disciples and encouraging them about prayer and pursuit. Earlier in the chapter, He’s given them a model prayer (known as the Lord’s prayer) and talks to them about persistence, or the continued pursuit of something despite opposition or difficulty. Do I have persistence in my prayer life or the things that God has called for me to have?
So in Verse 9, He tells them to keep pursuing. Pursuit is connected to action. Ask, Seek, Knock. These verbs demand results. When Jesus tells them to do these things, He completes the sentence with a guarantee that the person doing these things will receive, find, and it – whatever it is – will be opened. This scripture encourages me to KEEP GOING. Not to the point of burn out, not because I want people to applaud me, but because there’s a reward attached to my diligence. Attached to my diligence is faith. In Hebrews 11:6, it says, “But without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
God is a rewarder. That’s part of what Jesus is encouraging the disciples to realize. When we pursue God, when we ask the tough questions, or commit ourselves to be men and women of action after God, we are committing ourselves to a heavenly Father who knows all, sees all, and can do. God makes Romans 8:28 come alive because of His love for us to have good gifts because of our ability to be committed to the hope laid up for us in heaven (Colossians 1:5) and God’s truth about who we are in Christ.
What are you asking God for? What are you seeking after? What doors or opportunities are you knocking down to gain admittance into those rooms made for you to occupy?