Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, [the door] will be opened. ~ Matthew 7:7-8 AMP
One thing I have neglected to mention about these 3 instructions is their tense. I am told by those who know (in fact this is borne out by the Amplified Bible as seen above) that these 3 words – Ask, Seek, and Knock – are in the “Keep On” form. (Sorry to use such esoteric language, but that’s just the way us scholars speak.)
Like the lady with the court case in Luke 18:1-8, or like the neighbor with the midnight visitor in Luke 11:5-9, one of the most important things Jesus is trying to impress upon His hearers is the need for persistence.
In fact if you take a peek at the parable in Luke 11 you will find the two verses we are considering almost verbatim. Jesus tells the story of the neighbor who keeps on knocking on his friends door in the middle of the night until the sleeper awakes, climbs out of the bed in which the whole family is no doubt now roused, and makes his way through the heard of goats, he no doubt keeps in his bedroom to finally give his neighbor what he needs.
Not only are these three verbs in this “Keep On” form but they are also in the “not ‘just sayin’ tense.” These are actually imperatives, commands, not suggestions. Both the actions themselves, and the persistent nature of them are given as instruction, not just guidance.
In other words, Jesus is saying, you must Ask, and you must keep on asking in order to receive, you must seek, and turn over every rock twice, in order to find, and don’t think about leaving the door until someone comes because of your knocking.
Is this how you pray?
Or do you (like me at times) say to someone “I’ll pray for you” and toss up a casual prayer, like a softball tossed in God general direction, hoping he will jog over pick it up and take care of everything.
There are even sects in Christianity that say that if you pray for something more than once it demonstrates your lack of faith. REALLY? Guess your definition of faith is a little different from that of the author and finisher of my faith, Who gives the example of the woman and the judge above culminating in the question “will I find faith on the earth.”
Is there something you have quit praying for but it is still in your heart?
Keep On – pick it back up – don’t quit.
See you tomorrow.