What does it mean to ask, seek, and knock?

Keep asking, you will receive. Keep seeking, you will find, keep knocking and the door will open. Matt. 7:7

Nag. Nag! NAG!! Does the Father really enjoy 30 minutes of begging for the same thing? Is it in His nature to simply reward us for being persistent? Does asking God for the same thing every day until we get it really build faith muscles or it just playing the odds? Does going on a hunger strike obligate God to deliver.  Does quote scripture to God like magic incantations open up heaven? Are answers more likely to come if we round up more people to pray, gathering consensus for our cause, like circulating a petition? Maybe figuring out prayer is the secret to manipulating and obligating God into meeting our demands and fulfilling our agendas. Lots of books have been sold based on these theories.

And God promised. Right? It says so in the next verse: For everyone who asks, does receive; and those we are seeking do find, and the door is opened to the one who knocks. Matt 7:8

Matt. 7:7-8 are sandwiched between the part about taking the beam out of your own eye before judging someone with a speck in theirs, and the part that asks whether a loving father whose child asks for bread would give that kid a stone. So maybe the context isn’t about us demanding our agendas. Maybe “asking, seeking, and knocking” don’t mean what we think they mean.  If God already knows everything, loves us, and wants good for us, maybe prayer is about opening our hands, heads, and hearts to what the Father is giving us.

Lord, for myself and all the others I know who are experiencing loss, fear, uncertainty, and need, what are You giving us? What are you showing us? Which door have You unlocked for us?