Matthew 7:7-8 (New Living Translation)
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.
I think we read this scripture and think that it means that if you ask, you will just simply receive. No work involved, just ask, and wait for your answer.
If you ask for healing, you may actually have to get up and find a Doctor.
If you have a broken heart, or need emotional healing, God will probably send someone into your life, to say or do the right things to heal your heart. But sometimes you might reject the very words God is giving you
If you pray for weight loss, you will not just miraculousely wake up to a new body, but God will give you the strength, stamina and motivation to make the changes in your life.
If you pray for healing in your marriage (or any relationship), your marriage will not fix itself. You will probably have to humble yourself and allow God to show you what you need to appologize for. You can't heal your marriage by sitting there waiting for the other party to make the move.
If you are lonely, you may have to open your heart to receive the love someone is trying to give you.
I truly believe that when we pray, and feel like our prayers are unanswered, they are right there in front of us. Just waiting for us to reach out there and grab it. If someone gives us a gift, we have to actually unwrap it to see the gift. Gifts don't open themselves. It takes action.
I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance
The answers to pur prayers are all around us. I pray that our eyes can be opened so that we can receive the gifts God is trying to bless us with.