“And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” (Luke 11:9-10)
The Lord Jesus taught His disciples a lesson about prayer in response to their question about prayer Luke records a portion of what we have termed “The Lord’s Prayer”. This was designed to help the believer focus on God and on those things that are most important: forgiveness, wisdom, strength and our daily needs.
Jesus also taught part of the lesson on prayer as a parable that shows the necessity of perseverance and persistence in prayer, a quality we saw manifested by Abraham. The Lord would have us petition Him in an unceasing manner, one which most human beings would find annoying and obnoxious. Yet God loves for us to come to Him with our prayers. This shows Him our need for Him as well as our faithful reliance in the trustworthy nature of His Word. He will grant our requests in the way that is best for us and for His Kingdom.
We must pray believing that God has heard us. We must believe that He has the power and the compassion to grant us our request. We may not get what we want and desire but as we pray in a disciplined manner we will be changed. We will begin to accept the will of God and our lives will be less of a trouble, less of a fight. We will begin to accept the will of God over our own and we will know that He is with us in our times of need as well as in our times of joy.