Most of us have called someone hoping it would go straight to voicemail. We didn’t really want to have a conversation, but we did have a message to leave.
I’ve never heard of someone going over to a friend’s house, knocking on the door, hoping no one was home. To be honest, that seems weird to me if you’ve done that. Were you hoping you could just tell them later, “Hey I stopped by, but you weren’t home.” Weird.
What if you knew they were home, but they didn’t answer your first knock? Do you just leave? What if you have something really important to tell them? What if it is life threatening? You don’t stop knocking do you, and, depending on the emergency, you most likely bust down the door.
That’s the picture Jesus paints for us when it comes to praying. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I don’t pray long enough. I’m not talking in minutes or hours, but days and years. Do I keep knocking until He answers? Often, I won’t get an answer and I’ll take that as the answer. But is silence really an answer? Should we take it as one? Silence is not a “no” or a “yes”. It’s just silence.
So, I’m determined to knock as long as it takes. If it takes a day, a week, a year, or a lifetime.