To knock involves physical movement, where we take action. It means to strike noisily to attract attention; to collide forcefully and to make a dent in something by striking it. Asking and seeking are not complete without knocking. We can ask and seek God, but if we do not “put wheels on our faith” and do something in what we have sought and asked God for, it can all come to nothing.
When Jesus said knock and the door will be opened to you he was telling us that action for the thing desired is necessary. (Matthew 7:7) If a person needs something that is behind a door the most natural things to do is knock. It’s an invitation to come to God and ask in faith. The heroes of faith again and again put their faith into action, – they moved expecting God to act and answer on their behalf.
However it’s important in all our asking, seeking and knocking to keep in mind that God has no obligation to provide positive answers to prayers that are harmful, outside His will, or below His best intentions for us. Our responsibility is to ask in faith and continue to ask, whilst seeking Him to discern and know His heart and will for situations and our lives. Once we know His will and best for us we can take action and expect our prayers to be answered.
God says we can come boldly to His throne of grace to find grace and mercy in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:16) We “knock”, as a way of saying, “I’m acting in faith, bringing my requests to you and I honour you as I come before your court.” We actively approach God knowing His will because we’ve sought Him and as a result God promises to release the supernatural ability of heaven on our behalf.
Jesus said, “Ask, seek, and knock. These commands are followed by fantastic promises, “for when we ask we receive, when we seek we find, and when we knock the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8)
God is not angry with us for asking or sees anything we ask, seek and knock for as trivial or unimportant. He is a good Father who always wants to exceed our requests . He promises to give good gifts to those who ask, seek and knock. (Ephesians 3:20) So go ahead and ask, seek and knock!
“Do not fear little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:23)
“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for is all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things. (Romans 8:32)
Prayer: Lord please help me understand that you want me to ask, seek and to knock so that I can know how good you are and acknowledge you in every part of my day. Today I choose to ask, seek, and knock. In Jesus Name Amen.