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. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Luke 11:9-10
It is midnight, and you are just settling in for a good night's sleep. The kids have been asleep for a while; you've caught up on the news and even got in some reading. Now it's time to call it a day. You have crossed over into dreamland when you hear the doorbell ringing and someone knocking on the door. It takes a while to realize you are not dreaming. When you yell, "Who is it?" your neighbor answers. He explains that family from out of town just arrived, and he'd like to have some of those steaks you bragged about getting on sale. You can't believe your ears. "Come on, man!" you respond. "Get your own steaks! You're going to wake everybody up. I'll talk to you in the morning." But he will not take no for an answer. He keeps knocking and ringing the doorbell. Finally, you give in. Not because he's your friend, but because he won't go away.
That's the story Jesus tells (Luke 11:5-8) to set up today's passage. He says the person in the house will finally let his neighbor in "because of the man's boldness." "So I say to you" indicates that Jesus wants us to pray with the same confidence. "Ask" and God will respond. "Seek" and you will find what you're looking for. "Knock" and he will open the door.
Does this passage mean that if we are as audacious as the neighbor in the story, God will always give us what we want? Not quite. It does mean that as a loving Father, God will give you everything you need. The writer to the Hebrews puts this verse in perspective. Because of Jesus, he writes, we can "approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in our time of need" (Hebrews 4:16). Mercy and grace in time of need ... that's really what you needed and wanted all along.
Father, thank You for answering when I ask, helping me find exactly what I need, and opening the door to strength and fellowship with You when I knock. Thank You that through Christ I can approach You with confidence. In His name I pray. Amen.