"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened, " (Matthew 7:7,8).
Amid other Scriptural qualifications for answered prayer such as salvation, pure motives, obedience, and submission to the Lord's will, there is here added the necessity for perseverance. These commands of our Lord to ask, seek, and knock imply continuous action in persistent prayer. Additionally, there is a sense of progressive intensity here-- a sense of greater and greater aggressiveness as we move from asking to seeking to knocking. Finally, note that the Lord Jesus gives no timetable in this promise of prayer answered. The timing will be His, rest assured. And He always answers!