Day 5 - Personal Devotional

Day 5 - Tenacious prayer

Matthew 7:7-11;  Ask, and it will be given to you.  Seek, and you will find.  Knock, and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and the to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.  Who among you, if your son asks for bread, would give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?  If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him.

Jesus encourages us to ask, seek, and knock.  The reality for many of his followers is that we know how to ask, but we are not so accustomed to seeking and knocking.  Revelation 3:20 shows us Jesus, standing at the door of our heart and knocking.  He is knocking because he wants to come and have fellowship with us.  His desire is to commune with us.  He wants us to be known to him, and to know him as a friend.  Much like the Father who who wants to bless his children with good things when we ask, seek, and knock.  Some of us are more like a noisy, intrusive stranger who barges into God’s presence and wants the best from him without having a relationship with Him.  

If there are situations in your life that you are not seeing answers to right away, use your times of calling on God to also draw closer to him in love and trust.  Begin to enjoy your time in his presence, seek relationship with him and enjoy who he is rather than simply to get what you are asking for.  When you get to know your Father he will bless you as his child.

Mitch Rutledge