My kids are nothing if they aren’t persistent. I mean right down to the bone “ can I can I can I can I…”. Candy, going outside, a toy from the store, watching videos on my phone, borrowing my paper and markers (the ones they always find no matter where I hide them). Can they play with play dough, or pancakes for dinner (yes! Of course!).
They never stop. But one thing that always makes me laugh is that the question always gets a little more. A bit more nice or, if naps have been a no go, more loud, shrill and cry-ey. Eventually though they wise up to the fact that rephrasing their request is best and take a more friendly approach. They go from demanding, insisting on control to realizing that an alternative might be in order.
“Can I have candy?”
“No, we are about to eat dinner.”
“Can I have a piece after dinner?”
“Yes, if you eat good!”
To be honest, I think we are all guilty of this. When things don’t look like they are going to head our way in the area of getting what we want, we begin to reassess and try out other ideas.
We ask different ways, maybe try out different end games, or even abandon the original want for a better more appropriate need.
I have been fascinated with this verse lately.
“And so I tell you, 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. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Luke 11:9-10, NLT
Fascinated, because something new popped out to me and I have been mulling over in my head what that something is. There is a persistency about these verses. A never stop mentality that seems to drive what Christ is saying to His disciples.
Recently, I have been in a “What now Lord” kinda of place. Not in my prior and more typical place of frustration. 2017 was an amazing year of growth for me. The Lord turned my heart around in more than one place. So now I’m asking every question I can ask, seeking out everything I possible can and I’m knocking until my knuckles are bruised.
If you are like me knocking once maybe twice is good. Certainly, seeking gets, well, lets admit it a little old. Knocking…… after a while gets exhausting.
But! Here is what God opened my eyes to after years of hearing this verse……. KEEP ON.
Keep on asking…… Keep on seeking……… Keep on knocking…….. KEEP ON.
As I started to implement this keeping on, I noticed that the journey tends to change along the way. My questions get tweeked and just like my kids I begin to adjust. I become more focused but not on the questions but rather to the One whom I am looking to.
I think that this is part of God’s plan. I think that He wants us to keep asking until we stop seeking the answers and we start seeking Him.
Secondly, there is something forgiving about keeping on. It means that there will be missteps, there will be doors that we knock on that wont open. There will be things that, in the midst of seeking, we wont see correctly.
Sweet sister, as you read these words and you are recalling your questions and things you are going to God about remember to keep on. Don’t be afraid of getting it wrong. Focus on seeking Him instead of the answer.
Verse 8 makes me giggle every time I read it. Jesus begins to tell the disciples this quick story. “Then, teaching them more about prayer, he used this story: “Suppose you went to a friend’s house at midnight, wanting to borrow three loaves of bread. You say to him, ‘A friend of mine has just arrived for a visit, and I have nothing for him to eat.’ And suppose he calls out from his bedroom, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is locked for the night, and my family and I are all in bed. I can’t help you.’ But I tell you this—though he won’t do it for friendship’s sake, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence.”
Just like the friend in the story, God is going to give you what you need because of your shameless persistence! We must keep that truth in our hearts ask we keep on asking, seeking and knocking!