Have you ever prayed that God would open a door for you? If so you were probably praying for an opportunity. Perhaps you are praying for an open door of opportunity today. People often ask me to pray that God will open a door for them to __________. You can fill in the blank. Looking over my journal entries from last week, there were multiple requests like that.
I’d like to consider first a door you should open. By the way this passage I’ll share with you was written to Christians, not unbelievers. Jesus gives us a beautiful, intimate word picture. “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” (Revelation 3:20, NLT)
Becky and I go out to dinner, not so much for the food experience as the desire to be alone and talk leisurely, intimately and dream together without being disturbed by the phone, our children or any other interruptions. Typically we go some place quiet, quaint and away from our community, where we enjoy some privacy. We laugh, talk, hold hands and talk about our love, our children, our church and our dreams. What a difference a couple of hours alone mean to us.
It is what I hear the Lord saying to us in this passage. He is speaking to busy people who are diligent about many other things but are in danger of becoming indifferent to what really matters, becoming passionate followers of Christ. (Revelation 3:19) He wants us to learn our need and His desire to be alone with us in prayer. There in prayer we will love and listen to Him and He to us. There is prayer dreams become Christ centered and refined. There in prayer we are refreshed and strengthened. We leave that table of fellowship, happy that we opened the door to Christ.
As you read the Bible you’ll discover that God opens doors to those who open their lives to Him. When He comes into your heart there is passion, love, zeal and power to successfully walk through those open doors.
I don’t know why we say, “In God we trust” and then tell him what doors to open. As far as I can tell, if we open the door to Him, He will open doors for us.
More on that tomorrow.
Grace, peace and joy!