Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you.” Matt. 7:7 (ampc)
I have heard this verse my entire life. It is one of the mantras of Christianity. “Ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.” That’s how we learned it, say it, believe it. Never once have I thought of how I ask, seek, and knock, but the amplified version says to knock reverently. That “reverently” can be applied to our asking and seeking, too.
The definition of Reverent is: Feeling or showing deep and solemn respect. I think another word for reverent would be lovingly. Ask [lovingly], seek [lovingly], and knock [lovingly]. We all know the traits of true love: It is kind, it does not boast, it is not self-serving, it is not envious, it is not conceited, it is not rude, it does not keep track of wrong doings…
We need to keep these things in mind when we’re going to God for something. Are we looking for our own gain or for God’s? Do we want it in our time or God’s? Are we going to Him as one who has been saved by Grace or as a pompous royal who thinks they deserve everything they ask for? I think that last one really hits the nail on the head. It’s all about how we come to the Father. Yes we are to go boldly before the throne but that doesn’t give us permission to be jerks that demand their own way. If someone came to you to ask you to do something and they were rude jerks about it, you might still do it but you wouldn’t be as willing to do it than if they came humbly and gratefully. The same goes for God (we are made in His image after all). If we come to Him with demands, He may fulfill our demands but we would miss out on a greater blessing that would’ve occurred if we had gone before Him in humility and gratuity. We can go boldly but we need to remember that we’re still addressing the Lord of All, Ruler of the Universe. If that doesn’t strike reverential fear in our hearts then we’re in trouble.
God has already promised that the door will be opened to us, we don’t need to demand it be opened. If we don’t demand that the door be opened then there’s less risk that the wrong door will be opened to us. By being reverent and loving, we give God more room to work in our lives. By giving God more room, we have the chance to be and receive greater blessings. By being reverent, we are giving God the respect He deserves.