One thing I am known for is how I knock on doors, or rather how I barely knock on doors. I tend to be so quiet that no one on the other side can hear me, which tends to defeat the purpose. Why? I guess it is because I don’t want to bother anyone, and knocking can be quite abrupt if done forcefully.
However, as Jesus says, knocking should be grouped with asking and seeking. Of the three, seeking is probably the easiest because it is a very independent activity. But knocking and asking are clearly indicating that the person initiating the action needs help. That is where it gets tricky; admitting that we need help is not always the easiest thing to do. Even if it takes more time, it can often seem preferable to find our way on our own and retain control of the situation.
Thankfully, Jesus patiently waits for us when we try to go it alone. And when we really are ready to knock and ask, he will open the door and help us through.
Dear Lord, when knocking and asking are difficult, help us to let go of our need to control and remember that you are the one who will answer the door and invite us in. Amen. — CS