9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 for everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (NIV)
These two verses seem to convey whatever you ask for you get. We’d all like to think it is that easy. But, when the disciples asked to be taught how to pray Jesus includes a very important, “Thy will be done.”
You can ask, seek and knock all you want, but if it isn’t in God’s plan, well, that could be a problem. He knows what is best for you, when you need it and when you don’t. I try to remember He is the God of the universe so He probably knows more than I do. But above all pray about your situation. Your job is to ask, seek and knock.
One question, how are you going to get what you need? This might be the time, gasp, you need to ask someone to help you. No one who knows you will know exactly what you need. They aren’t going to know about the conflict you have with being at your Godchild’s wedding, or the weekend you would love to spend at your camp, or that you would like for someone just to cook you a meal. You are going to have to seek people out, get their attention and ask if they can help.
How many people have said to you, “Wow, you look tired.” You brush it off. I say no, don’t do that. Tell them you could use a break, “Yes, I’ve got this wedding on my mind and I just don’t know what to do with mom, or dad or my aunt or _______ (you fill in that blank) so I can go. I can’t leave them alone, even for a few hours.” This concerned person might just be the person God is using to answer your prayer. Who has said, “Hey, if there’s anything I can do to help, just ask.” You need to be willing to find, open and receive. God answers prayer. Sometimes that involves some action on your part. A portion of humbleness too.
Lord God Almighty, all knowing. You alone know the people who would take joy in helping me. Please reveal whom I should talk to about my needs. I will give You the glory. I ask that You would set Your blessing upon them. In Jesus name I pray, amen.