“So I say to 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 he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” Luke 11:9-10
You may not realize it, but you are the answer to someone’s prayer. I know you probably don’t think about it that often, but it’s true. I was recently reminded of this myself when I was standing at the check-out counter of a restaurant, paying for my dinner, and just casually asked the lady how she was doing.
She proceeded to tell me that her ankle was hurting from an injury that occurred many years ago. She said, “Every time it’s about to rain it starts to ache, and it’s aching so bad today that it’s hard to walk.” Now my human nature would have easily been okay with saying, “Well, I’m sorry to hear that and I hope it gets better soon.” But the Lord inside me said, “Pray for her.” So I did.
I didn’t do or say anything weird, and no, we didn’t make a scene. In fact anyone could have passed us by and not have thought anything about it at all. But it was significant, at least to her. As I finished praying, a huge smile came over her face as she had just experienced a tangible touch from the Lord, which no doubt took her by surprise.
Maybe there have been times when you’ve been obedient to the Father’s prompting like that, but it wasn’t met with such receptivity. I know I’ve experienced that. But the key is to keep on.
In Acts chapter twelve, we read that Peter kept on knocking at the door. The folks inside the house had been earnestly praying for Divine intervention on his behalf, and it came through. The Angel of the Lord unshackled Peter and led him out of prison and right to the home of the folks who were praying for him. In fact, the young girl, Rhoda, was so shocked when she answered the door and saw Peter standing there, that she slammed the door on him and ran to tell the others. But “Peter kept on knocking.”
Let me encourage you today to keep asking, keep seeking, and keep knocking. Be willing to let God bless you and, in turn, be a blessing to others. As you do, you will show up on the door of those who have been praying, and you will be the answer to their prayers.