Matthew 7:7-11 (NLT)
7 “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 9 “You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? 10 Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! 11 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.

In Matthew 6 Jesus speaks of prayer as a commanded duty to which we are to honor God. There Jesus gives us the Lord’s Prayer which starts with, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.” showing how we should be respectful of God in our prayers. In the verses above Jesus continues to talk about effective prayer. In Revelation Jesus says he knocks at the door to our heart and if we open the door He will come in. In the same manner when we knock at God’s door He opens His heart to listen to our requests. We should ask as children for the good things. God will not hand out that which will harm us or works against His purpose. We must make it our business to pray and seek from God what we cannot accomplish alone.

Ruben Archer Torrey was an American pastor, writer, and evangelist, educator; akin to D.L. Moody and Billy Graham in style. He was a Christian apologist giving appeals to those who were in denial of the scriptures. He joined with D.L. Moody and became superintendant of the Bible Institute of the Chicago Evangelization Society now known today as Moody Bible Institute. During his college years he fell to sin, was agnostic at times in his belief, eventually followed liberal Unitarianism, but then came to a strong faith in Christian doctrine. He became a man of prayer with a belief the Word of God could transform people. He is quoted as saying, “We are too busy to pray, and so we are too busy to have power. We have a great deal of activity, but we accomplish little; many services, but few conversions; much machinery, but few results.” He understood prayer brought results into his life. Being busy and neglecting God just brought more busyness. Slow down. Take time and pray to God understanding who God is and what He desires for our lives. Pray without ceasing, always knocking at His door; answering when He knocks at the door to our heart.