Of the many subjects that I've raved on about over the past few years, prayer doesn't get much time. I must admit, I'm wary of certain 'types' of prayer, or more specifically the way prayer sometimes gets used, and also the way the results of prayer (or lack of) can be interpreted. I'm particularly concerned about the attribution of credit or blame where prayer is involved. However, something simple but interesting occurred to me the other week.
On the subject of intercessory prayer, Matthew 7:7 is often quoted "Ask and it shall be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you". It's just occurred to me how different these three activities are and how we normally combine them into one. Instead of 'ask, seek, knock' what we usually hear is 'ask, ask, ask'. Now that's another parable altogether!
Furthermore, I have to wonder if the addition of the 'seek' and 'knock' might be an intentional message for those who are inclined just to 'ask'. Maybe it's a subtle reminder that after praying, we need to get up off our knees and do something about it?