Luke 11:7-9 says” Then the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children are with me in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything. I tell you, though he will not get up and give him the bread because he is his friend, yet because of the man’s boldness he will get up and give him as much as he needs. 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.
All through scripture we see Jesus telling his disciples that when they pray they are to do three things. Ask, seek and knock. The result after they done those things is that the door will be opened to you.
I want to focus our attention on the word “ask.” I believe we as saints have a misunderstanding of this word ask. Are we to ask according to our desires? Or are we to ask according to God’s Word? Often times when we go in prayer we ask out of desperation, fear, and then unknown. Anytime we ask out of anything that is not of God, we will not receive from God. There is not one person who has not experienced the grips of life around their throats, and it causes you and I to act in haste.
In this story we see a man who is need of bread to eat, he goes to his neighbor’s door knocking in the middle of the night. The homeowner comes to the door and tell him that it’s late and his kids are asleep. Obviously the homeowner wanted him to come back tomorrow, but the man continues knocking still, and tells him he will do so till he has what he has come for so that he must give it to him, to be rid of him: The man open his door and gives his neighbor as much many as he needed, because of his importunity friend.
We must come to God with boldness and confidence for what we need, as a man does to the house of his neighbour or friend, who, he knows, loves him, and is inclined to be kind to him. We must come for bread, for that which is needful, and which we cannot be without. We must come to him by prayer for others as well as for ourselves. This man did not come for bread for himself, but for his friend. The Lord accepted Job, when he prayed for his friends
God will open the door when we ask, seek and knock. Our problem is we don’t want to endure the seeking and knocking. All we want to do is ask, ask and ask without doing any work on our part. How can you expect anything from God when you don’t do what the scriptures says? You will NEVER receive what you pray for if you aren’t going to apply all the scriptures.