Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you (Matthew 7:7 KJV)
Jesus gives us three degrees of requesting something from God in this verse. He begins with asking, then seeking, and finally knocking. Asking is making a request to God for what we desire, want, or need. It is essential to ask for whoever asks receives. He goes further and says, “seek, and ye shall find.” Seeking is a step forward from asking. It is desiring something and putting in an effort to look for the solution. For example, you asked God for a job and went out to look for job openings!
The third step takes all these one step further. Jesus says, “knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” He uses the word “knock” in the figurative sense of someone at the door knocking to signal they are there. In this sense, knocking means persistence or perseverance and not giving up until the door to what you want is opened unto you. Luke 18 gives us a remarkable parable of a woman who would not give up until the king granted her request. In verse 1, Jesus said, “men ought to pray and not faint.”
He says if you knock, the door shall be opened. If you have asked and nothing happened. Seek. If after seeking, nothing has happened yet, knock on the door of that healing, next level, infilling, breakthrough, etc., until that door opens!
Please take a moment to grasp the short piece above fully. Meditate on that verse for a minute before proceeding. Apply it to yourself and the pressing needs you have right now.
APPLY THE WORD
Some things will be given when you ask, while others will require seeking. For some, you will have to knock for some doors to open. We will not know which is which. The main message here is to recognize that certain things will require us to do more than sit around and ask God for. Let the Spirit guide you to know what else to do as needed.
Ask the Spirit for guidance right now in your specific situation.