A sk Matt7:7, Ps50:15, Ps91:15, Ps5:1-3, John 15:7,Judes20:23,1Sam1:17,20,27,1Ki3:10,11,13,2Ki2:10,2Chro.20:4,Ps2:8
S eek Matt7:7, Jer29:13, Isa40:31, Ps27:4, Duet4:291Chro.16:10, 1Chro22:19, 1Chor28:8, 2Chro.7:14,2Chro11:16, 2Chro12:14,2Chro15:12,2Chro16:12,2Chro.19:3,2Chro20:3,4,2Chro31:21,2Chro34:3, Ps9:10,Ps10:4, Ps14:2,-22:26,-24:6,-69:6,32,-70:4,Prov7:15,-8:17
K nock Gen32:11,24-26, Luke 18:1-6, Luke 11:5-13,matt11:12,Matt17:21,Esther4:16,
Keep on asking, seeking, knocking
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.
Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
Matthew 7:7-11 NIV
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
Matthew 21:22 KJV
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
John 15:7 KJV
Three Levels of Prayer are evident from Matt.7:7
Some answers or blessings will come from mere asking may be once or twice.
The Seventy Return with Joy
17 Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name."
18 And He said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.
19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
20 Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven."
For other prayers or situations, answer may need some sacrifice and seek of God’s face, searching the scriptures for His will and holding on to the promises; even praying them back to God.
There are however other occasions where there will be a redoubling of effort or a prolonged battle where we may have to wrestle with principalities and power or with God.
Paul tells us in Eph6:10-17
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;
18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints –Eph6:10-18
This is where we put on the whole armour of God and dig our heels and do a good warfare with the devil and his cohorts, binding the strong man and taking what rightfully belongs to us and possessing our possession.
The disciples were in such a dilemma when they could not cast out the devil in a boy and Jesus told them: 21 However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting."
12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. Matt11:12
Apart from the strategy of principalities and powers to prevent us from entering our promised land and therefore putting up a good fight with us, we also need to realise that we value what we have fought to maintain or win by the power of the Holy Spirit. So when we have the opportunity to fight, let us fight the good fight of faith. If God is for us who can be against us? It is a spiritual warfare and the battle is not ours but the Lord’s. We do not need to use carnal or worldly weapons but we do need to stir ourselves and go in the name of the Lord.
We need to be sensitive to know when a sacrificial seeking of the face of the Lord is needed and when we need to even go deeper by praying and fasting to obtain the desired result. As we wait on the Lord, He will do something in us so as to do something through us.
Esther knew that mere praying would not do when her nation was on the brink of total annihilation so she embarked on praying and fasting. (Esther4:16)
Jesus also knew that He had a great task ahead of Him and so was led of the Holy Spirit to fast and pray for forty days. (Matt4:4-11)
Nehemiah also knew that he faced a mammoth battle in his vision to rebuild the broken down wall of Jerusalem and hence fasted and prayed for favour guidance and provision. He also interceded on behalf of his people before the breakthrough came. ( Neh1)
Daniel, from reading the
books discovered that the promise of God regarding the return of the captives who were exiled in Babylon was delayed and had to seek the face of the Lord in prayer and fasting. Then he made a discovery about the principalities and powers that were at war with God’s angels on assignment and preventing the answer from coming. His fasting and prayer made a great difference and breakthrough came in the end. (Dan9:2-11,-10:2-13)
Jacob wrestled with the Lord in Genesis32 as he faced uncertainties and fears regarding his brother and his destiny.
24 Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day.
25 Now when He saw that He did not prevail against him, He touched the socket of his hip; and the socket of Jacob's hip was out of joint as He wrestled with him.
26 And He said, "Let Me go, for the day breaks." But he said, "I will not let You go unless You bless me!"
27 So He said to him, "What is your name?" He said, "Jacob."
28 And He said, "Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed."
Those who seek the Lord with all their heart will find Him and he will make their hearts rejoice. They will not be disappointed. Those who wait on Him will renew their strength and then they will mount up with wings as the eagles they will run and not grow weary walk and not become tired or faint. Isa40:31
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