Are you one of those seasons? Those “ask, seek and knock” seasons- where you are on your face before God day and night, crying out, waiting- but no answer seems to come? What do you do next? Do you stop? Do you figure you’re just praying a prayer that God has given the answer “no”? Do you start to wonder if God still hears and answers prayer at all? In Matthew 7, Jesus speaks these famous words: “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 he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks, it will be opened.”
Daniel sought the Lord for an important answer…He also worshipped. Worship is a critical component in answered prayer because worship is thanksgiving- a faith action that proves true the things you cannot yet see in the natural.
It’s true that you may be asking “amiss” as James wrote in James 4:3, but if you are within the will of God, here’s the thing: the “ask, seek and knock” are not just one-time events. If only it were that easy! You have an enemy who hates you. You cannot underestimate that. Satan hates you. He is actively fighting against you. In Daniel 9, Daniel sought the Lord for an important answer, even fasting and praying over it. He also worshipped. Worship is a critical component in answered prayer because worship is thanksgiving- a faith action that proves true the things you cannot yet see in the natural.
Daniel’s worship (Daniel 9:4) was “yadah“- a confession of who God is, with hands raised and thrown forward. (Explore yadah worship more deeply in The Way of the Worshipper) Daniel kept praying and worshipping and he did not stop until his answer came. “While I was speaking and praying and confessing…” Daniel wrote, an angel appeared who said, “At the beginning of your supplications the command went out and I have come to tell you…” A few years later, Daniel was again travailing over a need and an angel appeared saying, “…From the first day you set your heart to understand and to humble yourself before your God, you words were heard… but the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me for 21 days…”
Thought for today
Don’t give up! Sure, sometimes you “ask amiss” as James said, and sometimes the answer you receive is “no” or “not yet“, and you must know the voice of the Holy Spirit to discern that, however, most of the time there is demonic resistance to your answer! When Jesus said “ask, seek and knock” the actual useage of those words implies a continuous nature: Ask, keep on asking! Seek, keep on seeking! Knock, keep on knocking! But don’t stop there- worship! Worship is spiritual warfare. Worship like you’ve already gotten your answer, because according to the Word, “from the first day….” your answer was sent. Now, keep on asking, seeking and knocking- and worshipping. That resistance will break, in Jesus’ name!