With Christ in the School of Prayer

Day 5 – The Certainty of the Answer to Prayer

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; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. — Matthew 7:7-8.

You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives. — James 4:3.

On this day, we look at the assurance of answered prayers. Jesus, in His teachings, emphasizes an important truth: the act of prayer is not a mere formality but a dynamic interaction with a responsive God.

Prayer, according to Jesus, is more than just words; it’s a journey of faith, trust, and persistence. When He says, “Ask, and it will be given to you,” He is inviting us into a relationship of dependence and expectancy with our Heavenly Father. This is not just a passive act but an ongoing engagement with God.

However, the certainty of an answer to prayer does not mean that we will always receive exactly what we ask for. James 4:3 reminds us that our motives play a crucial role. Our prayers must align with God’s will and purposes. It’s a reminder that prayer is not just about receiving, but about transforming our desires and aligning our hearts with God’s.

The distinction in the terms ‘ask,’ ‘seek,’ and ‘knock’ further explains the depth of prayer. While ‘ask’ relates to our immediate needs and requests, ‘seek’ goes deeper, urging us to look for God’s presence and guidance. ‘Knock’ invites us to enter into a deeper relationship with God, to dwell in His presence.

This journey of prayer ensures that we don’t just seek God’s hand but His face – not just His blessings but His presence. The repeated assurance that our prayers will be answered underlines a deeper truth: God is eager to engage with us, to enter into a relationship where our needs, hopes, and desires are shared and addressed.

In essence, Jesus teaches us that prayer is a reflection of our relationship with God. It’s not a one-sided conversation but a dialogue built on trust and faith. When we truly understand and embrace this, our prayer life transforms from a ritual into a life-changing experience.

Word in Action

This week, let your prayers be more than words. Engage with God as with a trusted friend. Share not just your needs but your thoughts, fears, and joys. Trust in His promise that when you ask, you will receive, when you seek, you will find, and when you knock, the door will be opened.

Wondering in the Word

Reflect on your prayer life. Are your prayers more about your needs and wants, or are they conversations where you seek to understand God’s will and align your heart with His?