A Different Prayer

by Jan Cox

Picture by Godgrown

Read: Luke 11:10 NIV

“For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

I always thought of this Scripture in the worldly sense. What can God do for me? How can He help me out in this life?

I am sure there will be many times I will pray this way.

Today, as I read Oswald Chambers (June 9th) I learned a new way of interpreting this passage.

What if I were to ask for a deeper spiritual knowledge of God? Maybe I need to knock and knock to seek and know Jesus more?

What is wisdom? Is that God’s wisdom? I want to be wiser in the ways of God.

“The Holy Spirit is the One Who makes real in you all that Jesus did for you.” (Oswald Chambers, June 9th)

That changes my perspective. Does it change yours?

I want to grow close in my relationship to God.

Now I see the need to pray for this.


Father, I ask, I seek and knock for my spirit to be more open to You. I want to know You more. Help me to grow in my relationship with you. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

So I did. I prayed this prayer and prayed for words of wisdom.

“What words of wisdom do You have for me today?” I asked.

Here were the answers: Words of Wisdom

EMOTE – allow myself to feel Him

REST – relax in knowing Who He is

MOVE – walk on knowing He sets the path.

Then He took me to this Scripture. (Really this Scripture popped into my mind and I hadn’t studied it or read it for a long time)

2 Timothy 2:7 NIV

“Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.”

And to top off that revelation, in the margin of my Bible I had previously written the word “wisdom”.

This is too marvelous for my understanding.

May He continue to build this relationship with me and with you.

My Gratitude List

I have so many I am going to skip some and get up to number 163

  • Time with God
  • Warmer weather
  • Sunshine for yard sale
  • Learning to throw out or give away
  • Ability and joy in giving
  • Planning my children’s program for Poland with International Messengers
  • God in the midst of heartache
  • Peace of Jesus
  • Fun with plan but waiting on God
  • One Thousand Gifts chapter 4 – A Sanctuary of Time, Ann Voskamp
  • Camembert cheese and crackers
  • The NOW = this moment
  • Oswald Chambers May 28 – Revelation
  • 40 years of happy marriage
A favourite song. In the Secret  (I want to know You more!)


Jan Cox

Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She also writes at A Better Way. Jan has written a children’s book in which she is also the watercolour illustrator. She hopes to publish it this year.