When you have begged God for healing, have you ever wondered why it didn’t occur when you were asking, seeking, and knocking furiously? Lisa shares.
“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; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened” (Matthew 7:7,8).
This verse is likely not unfamiliar to you, although it may be one which stirs uncomfortable emotions if you have asked for healing and it has not occurred
We have asked… we have sought… and we have knocked. We’ve begged God for healing, looked at our sins in detail to seek the cause of our pain. Has anyone else tried to “kick the door down?–perhaps even leaving fingernail marks as you slid down it?
In Commentary Critical it explains how God is assuring us–through the desires we have–that He is there to meet our needs.
We ask for what we wish for.
We seek for that which we miss.
We knock when we feel shut out.
By applying this insight and the request for healing, I can see layers of God’s assurance.
I know you wish for healing, My child. I know the pain is intense.
You miss the carefree feeling of a life without pain and suffering. You miss the confidence of being able to make plans and be assured they will come to fruition. I understand how you miss serving those you love–especially Me.
I hear your knock. I hear your desire to be let back into the life you once led. I see the grief and the tears as you knock continuously on that door to your previous life.
I am right here beside you. I am not on the other side of the door, waiting for you to earn your way back through so that we can be together. I will never leave you. I know the plans I have for your life.
Too often we quickly apply our own preconceptions to the words ask, seek, and knock.
We pray for our desires (quick relief of pain).
We seek by looking into ourselves, rather than seeking God.
We knock by begging, repeatedly for God to fulfill our wishes to feel normal again, rather than looking for Him right where we are.
We must believe that God wants to give us the desires of our heart–even when it feels like He is denying our prayers.
Prayer: Father, only You know the desperation of my prayers for relief from the pain. I trust that You hear them–and that You answer them. The answers come in ways I am blind to at times, however. Open my eyes to see You as my loving Father who hears all my desires–what I wish for, what I seek, and wants to be included in ways I feel left out of. Give me peace that I am not unheard and that Your blessings will far outweigh even the requests that I offer. Amen.
About the author:
Lisa Copen is the founder of Rest Ministries and she is seeking God more than usual these days. As this posts she is preparing for her 7-hour chemo-medication infusion tomorrow–which is always followed by a couple of weeks of awful side effects, and then she has her second dose. And last week God placed her in the position of homeschooling her son. She is trying to rejoice rather than cry, and clinging to the fact that God is faithful is she collects information and starts networking with other moms.
When you consider that you are “knocking” because you feel shut out of something, what is the first thing that comes to mind? When you pray for something (think of a specific request) what kinds of ways do you feel shut out?
“A Mother’s Prayer” is a song by Rachel Aldous. She wrote the song about how she prayed for her little girl who lives with a disabling chronic condition–and how she was healed! I know many of us have prayed for healing and it has not come in the way we expected. It is okay to ask. Follow God’s prompting on your heart. I hope the videos blesses you. -Lisa
This video is about the song and the one below is the song itself and how the singer prayed for her daughter’s healing–and how God answered those prayers.