01 June 2015

Asking, Seeking, Knocking

It is so easy to focus on what we don’t have in life...

Even when we have what most people consider sufficient or even abundant, human nature sees the lack almost all the time. If happiness was defined by possessions and material wealth, then millionaires should be the happiest people in the world. We can become bitter and toxic company to be around if we dwell and focus on the lack in our lives.

We will all have hundreds of different seasons in our lives of varying degrees of lack and abundance. Being thankful in all seasons is essential in our Christian lives. What we don’t have now doesn’t necessarily mean we will never have it. There are some things in life you will never appreciate if you got instantly without any effort, over patiently waiting years trusting in God for.

Keep on asking and it will be given to you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you (Matthew 7:7 AMP).

Scripture says there is a “door” we enter into the promises and blessings of answered prayer for. If you are anything like me, banging hard with your fists and shouting out loud doesn’t get it to open! Time is the great test of our faith where we trust in God’s timing for our lives. He knows when your character is ready and when the perfect circumstances align.

God has ordained seasons and cycles in our lives for His good purposes. We can’t see our whole life in front of us and every ripple effect every decision has. But He does and if we submit to His authority and Lordship over every detail of our lives, we can trust Him that He knows best for us to meet all the desires of our hearts.

Faith is a highly personal experience of trusting God in every area of our lives. Faith activates the promises of God when we stand and believe in them over a consistent amount of time with our spiritual eyes. Don’t look to man what you can only get from God. There are seasons of planting, watering and then reaping the harvest. You can’t have a harvest every day of your life all the time.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up (Galatians 6:9).

You have responsibilities to meet, character to form, relationships to build, skills to develop, seeds of love and encouragement to sow, time and money to water and invest. Stay faithful in whatever God has given you and keep an attitude of gratitude in everything you have today.

I have found the best way to pray for something important is to pray for it once and then thank God in advance from then on. Keep speaking the Word of God over your circumstances, declaring what is not into existence (Romans 4:17). By staying in faith and trusting in God’s good timing, when we knock on the door in patience, humility, obedience and thankfulness, don’t be surprised when the door suddenly opens!