“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. We do not need to yell and scream to get God’s attention. God listens already. Jesus tells us to ask daily, knock with intensity, and to seek without sitting down. We all want our prayers answered. Maybe the Lord will answer faster if we treat each other better.