“And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”
Pray for the Right Thing
If we don’t ask, we don’t get. It’s as simple as that. James said that we don’t receive because we just don’t ask (James 4:2)! Maybe the problem’s not asking, but we are asking for the wrong thing (James 4:3). I have developed a good habit of praying before I even get out of bed to start my day. I want to talk to God first thing in the morning. I want Him to be first one I talk to because when I don’t, I notice a considerable difference in my day, and it’s not good.
Seek for His Will
We know that we must ask God for those things that we have no control over, and if we are asking, we must then seek…seek God’s will. If we are seeking to find God’s will and then pray for that, we know that God desires to do that which is pleasing to Him, and that is that His will be done. Even in the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus was teaching the disciples how to pray, and He said that we ought to pray for God’s will to be done on earth as it already is being done in heaven (Matt 6:10). We know that God’s will should be our will, so seek His will first thing in the morning and pray for that. For example, we know that God’s desire is to glorify Jesus Christ, and so we can seek ways to glorify Christ in our lives by living lives that are pleasing to Him, things like living in obedience, sharing the gospel of Christ that was made possible by His shed blood, and then living like Christ did so that lost people will be drawn to Christ through our lives.
Knock for Open Doors
Before the day starts off, while still in prayer, I ask God for divine opportunities to tell others about Christ. I ask God to open doors for these opportunities to participate in the Great Commission (Matt 28:18-20; Acts 1:8), and you know what…He answers those prayers. This means that I must be intentional. I have to intentionally knock on doors, sometimes literally by going door to door, but since I know that I am asking for the right thing and it’s His will that none should perish (2 Pet 3:9), then I must take the next step and knock on doors that only God can open. Ask God for divine opportunities, seek to do His will, and then get to knocking…knocking on heaven’s door in prayer while on earth. God will allow you to experience His great answers, and it must always be for His glory.
A Closing Prayer
Lord Father in heaven, please answer my prayer today, before I start each day, so that You will be the first one that I speak with and that a difference can be made, not only in my life but in the life of others. I know it is Your will to save the lost, so help me live a life that is pleasing to You and to open doors that only You can open so that my telling others about the Son of God Who died for them will glorify You and Your Great Son, Jesus Christ, in Whose name I pray.
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