Matthew 7:7-8 “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; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”
My oldest daughter and I recently traveled to New York where the weather was hovering around 90 degrees. As soon as we arrived, we checked in to our hotel and turned on the air conditioning. It was an older hotel with the A/C units under the windows. They made a lot of noise, but no matter what button we pushed, the air didn’t get any cooler. We just assumed that because the hotel was older that was probably as good as it was going to get. We put up with the warm, stuffy air for the first two nights, but by the third night, my daughter decided to call the front desk. They dispatched a maintenance man who arrived, and in minutes, changed out some filters and had cold air blowing. How simple was that? We only needed to ask, and our request was answered. It makes me think of the many times I put up with circumstances and assume that’s just the way things are. I stand outside the door and never knock to take my situations to God.
We are also told in Scripture to pray in all things. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6). And in Ephesians 6:18, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” I don’t think there is anything too insignificant for a God who knows the very number of hairs on our heads (Matthew 10:30). I often hear people say they don’t want to bother God with things they think are unimportant or not spiritual. But think of the time Jesus turned the water into wine at the wedding feast in John chapter 2. While running out of wine at a wedding was socially a big deal, it was not “religiously” a big deal. It was a need in a common situation, but when Jesus answered that request, John 2:11 says, “He thus revealed His glory, and His disciples put their faith in Him.” Our requests, no matter how common or small, give Jesus the opportunity to answer them, and thus build our faith or the faith of others.
I also like the example Mary gives us of just presenting the issue to Jesus, “They have no more wine” (John 2:3). In my situation in the hotel room, it would have been like praying “Lord, the room is hot.” Mary did not ask for a specific result but said to the servants in verse 5, “Do whatever He tells you” (John 2:5). She left the solution up to Jesus, and He did not respond to the situation by turning the water into just any old wine, He turned it into the best wine (John 2:10). Personally, I spend a lot of time problem solving in my mind and then praying for my solutions. How limited that is when I can go to Jesus who sees all, knows all and controls all. How much greater His solutions are. As Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us…” Do we want our own feeble solutions or God’s immeasurably greater answers? Will you just knock and let Him open the Door?
What areas of your life have you decided are not important enough to bring to God in prayer?
Are you praying in a way that allows for God’s best?