“To knock is to approach God with intensity and passion,” so says St. John Chrysostom.
There is no more passionate prayer in the Old Testament than the prayer of a noble woman seeking God’s intercession for her people. Queen Esther, the Jewish wife of the Persian King, prostrates herself before the Lord God from morning until evening and asks for “persuasive words in the presence of the lion,” her husband.
Christian prayer is asking, seeking and knocking. According to St. Benedict, we know that someone joining a monastic community is serious about monastic life because he or she seeks God. We do not need to yell and scream to get God’s attention. God listens already. Knocking on the door, seeking without sitting down, and asking the Lord day after day after day together as a community can bring us together. It is something we all have in common- we want our prayers answered.