Us:  Knock, Knock

Jesus: Who’s there?

Us: Me!

Jesus: What do you want me to do for you?

Us:  Ummm!!! I don’t know.  I was so busy knocking that I forgot.

Matthew 7:7 says, “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,” (NLT).  Whenever we meditate and put this Scripture into practice, we should consider the following:

  1. We SHOULD NOT become so preoccupied in the act of knocking that we forget why we were knocking in the first place.
  2. We SHOULD NOT become so busy knocking that we miss the door opening.
  3. We SHOULD knock continuously and proclaim the Word over our lives.

The first consideration is easy to fall prey to.  If we are not careful, we could become so busy praying for deliverance that when we are finally delivered, we forget what we needed to be delivered from.  In other words, we could become so addicted to our circumstances that we lose focus of our goals and our desires.  For example, there are probably people reading this blog right now who are praying that God blesses them with a new job.  They have probably prayed repeatedly that God would remove them from their current position.  But what if Jesus were to show up on their doorsteps ready to bless them with a new opportunity? How many of those people would be able to recognize that new opportunity?

When we focus solely on knocking, we could become so distracted by our circumstances that our prayers are geared towards escaping and not towards deliverance.  Our prayers should be more specific than simply wanting to be “freed” or to be “bless.”  We should have some idea of how we would want that freedom and that blessing to look.  After we have an idea of what we want God to do in our lives, we should also remember that God’s thought are not ours and our ways are not His (Isaiah 55:8).  Even though we might envision how our answered prayers should look, God always has something greater in store.  The whole point of purposeful prayer is not to dictate God’s responses.  It is to become attuned to His answers. We know that God is greater than, not less than.  Our expectations just gives us a reference point. In the example above, God might not want to simply bless that individual with a new job.  He could very possibly want to bless him with his own business.

Again, when we pray, we should pray purposefully and intentionally.  We should not just pray for the sake of praying.   Matthew 6:7 says, “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again,” (NLT).  We should also note that sometimes purposeful prayer also includes praying for clarity.  There are times where we don’t know what to pray for or even how to pray.  In those moments, we have to pray for revelation and direction.  God is so good, He could even direct our prayers.

The second point we should consider when we proclaim the verse in Matthew 7:7 over our lives is that prayer is active.  Active prayers require that we pray then pause to listen for God’s response.  If we are too busy chattering away, we might miss His answer that often comes in a small, still voice.

The third consideration of Matthew 7:7 is that we should knock continuously as we proclaim the Word over our lives.  I believe this consideration is the hardest.  It is so easy to get frustrated when it appears as if God is not responding to our cries.  Some of us have been wailing so long that we have begun to entertain the idea that God has forgotten about us.  Whenever we start to embrace those thoughts, we should remember a few truths:

God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill,” (Numbers 23:19)?

“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus,” (Philippians 1:6, NIV)

My prayer for you today is that you pray purposefully, actively and continuously.  My purposeful, active and continuous prayer for all of us today is rooted in Psalm 28:1-2 and Deuteronomy 28: 1-14.

Psalm 28:1-2 (NLT)

I pray to you, O Lord, my rock.

Do not turn a deaf ear to me.

For if you are silent,

I might as well give up and die.

Listen to my prayer for mercy

as I cry out to you for help,

as I lift my hands toward your holy sanctuary.

Deuteronomy 28:1-14 (NIV)

If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God:

You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.

The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.

Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed.

You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.

The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.

The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.

The Lord will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the Lord your God and walk in obedience to him. 10 Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they will fear you. 11 The Lord will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground—in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you.

12 The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. 13 The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom. 14 Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them.