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; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. - Matthew 7:7-8
It is a fact, persistence pays off. If you are persistent you will get results. It may not be the exact results you first set out to get but you will get results. In short, you will get further down the road than you would if you weren’t persistent.
A couple weeks ago my son got his first job at a grocery store two blocks from our house. He applied for the job several months ago and nothing was available at that time. Then football season started and he could not work because of his practice and game commitments. But during that time and the last couple of months following the season he stayed in touch with the manager of the store, frequently inquiring about job openings. Finally, the last time he visited they hired him. Persistence always pays off. It is the same with God. God does not always immediately grant what we are pursuing, and for that matter sometimes God doesn’t grant it at all, but the fact remains that when God does grant the desires of our hearts it is only after a season of persistence on our part. Why does God require that we “ask, seek, and knock” in order to receive? Persistence develops godly character and a strong faith and that not only honors the Lord but it is good for us as well. How so? When God develops godly character and a strong faith in us we become whom we were saved to be. What is that? We were saved to be a new creation in Christ! Be encouraged and “ask, seek, and knock” because the benefits are out of this world!