It is always great to strive to be the best you can be and to shoot for the stars, but at the same time it is best to always pray like Jesus, “Not my will, but yours be done.” When we knock on doors we must always keep in mind that it is the Lord who opens them for us. If a door does not open then it could mean one of two things, either it is not the right time or it is not the right door.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7 NKJV).
Many Christians view this particular verse in an incorrect manner by posing the idea that we can get whatever we choose when we ask in the name of Jesus; name it and claim it! This theology is false as it promotes self and makes God out to being some kind of genie. We must understand that the Lord wants the best for us and a lot of times we ask for the wrong things in which we do not need to receive.
Anytime and everytime during prayer we should always ask that the Lord’s will be done and not our own. When we use the demand it theology we then act as though we know better than God and that our wants are greater than any plan He may have in store. This does not mean we should not ask, but rather to always ask that the Lord open the door according to His will and not the lust of our own desires.
“You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.” (James 4:3).
James stated it perfectly in the verse above as this type of theology was being promoted even in the days of the apostles. People praying and demanding for what they want, and yet not receiving it. Some pastors and teachers like to proclaim that it is because your faith is not great enough, and yet Jesus’s faith was greater than all and He still had to go to the cross even though He prayed and was “exceedingly sorrowful, even to death.”
We live a society today that promotes self greatly along with the sense of entitlement. We must put to death self and be filled with the Holy Spirit. We need to let go of entitlement and seek to please the Father by serving and helping one another. Do not try and beat the door down and rather trust that the Lord will either open it in due time or bring you to the door you need to be at. What door are you trying to open today? Say, “Lord, not my will, but yours be done. Amen.”