This verse is almost a carbon copy of the previous verse. It mentions asking, seeking and knocking, the subjects we have been looking at over the last 3 weeks. And once again it asserts that these activities will be answered positively when we persevere.
If anything is repeated in the bible, we should especially take notice because God is trying to get our attention. These two verses combine together to show that God is serious when He promises to answer our prayers of persistence.
Let me just remind you though that these prayers are for the gift of God’s Holy Spirit and His generous provision of spiritual blessings. God has no problem answering our prayers for healing, material provision or other things, but they are not guaranteed. What He will always answer in the affirmative is our requests for spiritual blessings.
When God promises, you can be sure that He will deliver. He is not a God who would lie or be deceitful (Numbers 23:19). He is honest and trustworthy and although we may need to press in and keep asking, He will certainly answer our prayers. When God promises something, there is no stronger guarantee! As we saw before, He is requesting us to ask Him, He really wants that relationship with us as He knows that is what will do us the most good. It is all for our benefit.
We need to be in tune with God’s heart and that will only come through developing a relationship with Him. When we know Him well, we are going to be praying the sorts of prayers that please Him. There are many examples of these sorts of prayers in the bible. When we are not in tune, we are more likely to pray with selfish motives or prayers that are outside of His perfect will. The trouble is these unanswered prayers can cause bitterness and resentment in our hearts. We can just assume (wrongly) that God doesn’t want to answer our prayers or that He is distant or mean spirited. He is none of these.
I have prayed many prayers in the past that I have assumed are in God’s will and certain that He will answer, but when I look back, I can see that actually He had a much better plan all along. God knows the end from the beginning and every permutation of life. That is why He doesn’t always answer in the way or manner we expect. When we submit to Him and acknowledge that He knows best, we will find that our prayers are answered much more regularly, because we are not praying what we think is best but with a quiet confidence that His perfect will is the best path.