for they shall be satisfied."
When I think about prayer I often consider this acrostic from Jesus' words:
There seems to be a progression of hunger or thirst in these words found in the seventh chapter of Matthew's gospel.Ask, and it will be given to you;
Seek, and you will find;
Knock, and it will be opened to you.
- Firstly, there is a prayer that simply asks. Does not seem to be much hunger there. More of a sense of a single prayer offered - not that the prayer isn't earnest and heartfelt. And sometimes there is a repetitive nature to this kind of prayer.
- Secondly, there is the prayer that seeks. I get the sense that a person turns to seeking when the prayer asked is unanswered. This speaks to me of having a hunger to know God and His will.
- Lastly, there is the prayer that knocks. It is the way that a person continues asking and seeking until they understand God's will. I think that knocking is the way that a thirsty heart perseveres when it doesn't make sense to his head to do so.
I need you Lord. Draw me close to you.