Last week we looked at the amazing invitation by God to ask him for spiritual blessings. This week we will consider what we do when those blessings aren’t immediately forthcoming.
If you have been a Christian for even a short amount of time, you will have realised that when we come to God in prayer we don’t always get everything we ask for immediately.
We have already encountered the word ‘seek’ a few verses back when we considered Jesus’ encouragement to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.
Seeking God is a very important part of our relationship. It shows how desperate we are for Him. If someone asks for something only once and then gives up, we could conclude that they didn’t really want it that much in the first place. But if someone is tenacious and persistent in their request, it is obvious that they will not take no for an answer and desperately want the thing that they are requesting.
Jesus told a parable in Luke 18:1-8 of a determined widow who constantly badgered an unjust judge with a request. She wore him down with her persistence and eventually got what she wanted. How much more will our loving heavenly father give us good gifts when we persist?
God really doesn’t want us to give up. See what Paul says in the letter to the Galatians
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)
Just like asking, God has invited us to seek. It is initiated by Him
You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, Lord, do I seek.” (Psalm 27:8)
This section of ‘The sermon on the mount’ is about prayer, but on a deeper level it is about our desire for God and determination to know Him more and have more of Him in our lives.
You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13)
If God would answer every request we made immediately, our relationship would be a lot shallower. A lot can happen on the journey of waiting. God can develop our character, deepen our reliance and cultivate our faith and so much more. The longer we wait the more glorious and satisfying when the answer eventually comes.
I want to end with an encouragement that God has promised in this verse to answer this prayer. Some things we ask for we won’t necessarily get. But when we seek after God himself He has promised He will answer. It might not necessarily be straight away, but if we pursue Him with determination and not give up, we will surely gain our reward. If you are about to give up, keep seeking, the answer could be just around the corner.