September 5, 2020
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
In this part of his famous Sermon on the Mount, Jesus talks about how to pray.
Recently I started a four-week devotional with some of the girls in the youth group. Each week we had something to do for three days and reflect. Week three was to sit quietly for 30 minutes. So hard to do! I reflected on the fact that I teach kids to sit in silence and listen as part of their prayer discipline and here I was struggling. It goes back to the old saying, “You should practice what you preach.”
When sharing my struggle, these words of wisdom were told to me. “Have you ever taken time to notice the words that are not present in those verses? A perfect hour to seek the Lord was not in the directions. The right words to say while knocking were not suggested, and the prerequisites of neat and tidy were never mentioned.”
I don’t always have a perfect hour of prayer or the right words to say, but I do knock on His door all day long. In the car, in the kitchen, at the store. It’s not always perfect. He still listens and that is the grace-filled difference! Hold on to that the next time the whisper of doubt tells you that what you’re doing is not good enough.