Mark 9:23, Luke 11:2-10, James 1:5-6, Hebrews 11:6
“And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened.”
Everyone who asks- receives, he that seeks- finds, and to him who knocks- the door is opened. This is good news! So why then are so many prayers seemingly unanswered?
Too many people stop short in the process. This promise is progressive. 1. We first Find His will, found in the Bible, and must be willing to do it before our part is revealed 2. Then we Ask unwaveringly, fully convinced that we will receive 3. This confidence is evident through our expectation as we Seek the revelations and resources for its appearance 4. The answer to your request is first manifested as a door that you will have to Knock on.
When you know His will concerning the matter, when you’ve asked in faith, when you’ve confidently looked for the answer to surface, then you’ll see a picture, a plan or an opportunity that didn’t seem to be there before. You’ll have to knock on that door! You’ll see and know what it is that you need to do, what you need to have, who you need to forgive, where you need to go, who you need to serve, or who you need to partner with. Knocking is the action to receive it.
After Jesus gave his disciples a template for prayer, the Lord’s prayer, He told this story.
“Which of you shall have a friend, and will go unto him midnight, and say Friend, lend me three loaves; For a friend of mine in his journey has come to me, and I have nothing to set before him: And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee? I say unto you, though he will not rise and give him, because he is friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.”
The man’s importunity is the hinge that swings the door open. The Greek word for importunity means shameless persistence. When you ask God for His will, His desires, His power, His dreams…you’ll get it! If you ask like this you get God sized answers that come through God sized doors, they are big! That’s how you’ll know they are from Him. He’s the only one who can open and accomplish them! This is when opportunities and miracles happen that exceed all of your expectations.
God is searching the whole earth for willing hearts that He can show himself strong through! Is it you? Are you willing to be shamelessly persistent when He shows you a million dollar project door, a worldwide ministry door, a new business door, a debt free door, a new invention door, or an education door? What about a father-of-many-nations door, a child-in-old-age door, a shepherd-boy-into-a-king door, or a go-into all-the-world door?
The enemy will quickly come to you saying, “It’ll never work out, this only happens for other people, you don’t have what it takes to complete that, or remember where you came from.” These are lies, lies, lies! The devil will use every mind trick he has to get you to back away from that door feeling unable and unworthy. Even if it is with fear and trembling believe what God has shown you and knock on the doors to your destiny!
The doorways that open into the life that God has planned for you may not be visible to you right now but they are already there. God wants to bring you to the door where you see what He sees, where you know the gifts He has for you, and where you are able to lead others into their own victories. So shamelessly pursue the doors God wants you knocking on!
-This is victory!