When One Door Closes, Another Opens

How true is that statement?

Experientially, I know this to be true on one level. But also, it is equally true, I believe, that sometimes we must persevere and not take ‘no’ for an answer.

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Rev. 3:20).

Jesus is persistently knocking on our hearts and, although He gives us free will to make our own decisions, he doesn’t want us to turn Him down when He comes knocking.

In His earthly ministry, Christ suggested that we ought to do the same in our prayer lives – to “keep knocking,” as it were. “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 the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

Many people have pointed out that these are three levels of increasing intimacy: first, asking; second, more diligently seeking; and last, knocking, which implies even more intention on the part of the searcher. The trick too with this verse that has taken me a while to grasp is that when Jesus gives the answer ‘no,’ or even a ‘maybe,’ (or a ‘later’), it’s just as much of an answer as when He is affirmative in granting a prayer request.


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