Luke 11:9 "So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.”
When facing trials one will often turn to God in prayer. Whether the prayer be a request for direct intervention or simple direction, the hope of the individual praying is for God's intercession. Some become discourage when their prayer does not receive an immediate answer, but this may well be a test of our faith. While God certainly hears the prayers of his servants, he does not always provide the immediate answer that is sought. To find the help for which we search we must be persistent, for as long as our request is in line with his will, he will provide an answer (1Jo. 5:14).
As our Father is greater than anything we can imagine, we must recognize that the answer to our prayer may not always be what we want or expect. Because he sees the big picture, he always knows what is best even when we do not. If we profess trust in God we can demonstrate this by accepting his will in these cases.
Prayer apart from trials can be difficult for some, but a persistent effort in this regard will bring reward. We will develop a closer relationship with God and come to know him better, provided we continue 'searching' and 'asking' for his guidance. When we study his Word we should ask for his direction and request that he open the Bible to us. Through the Bible and his Spirit we can come to know him and his Son in ways we never thought possible. We can understand what his Word truly teaches and more fully appreciate all that he has done and will do out of his love for us.