Luke 11:9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
There is a story before this verse that tells of a man that comes to a friend at MIDNIGHT to ask for bread to feed another friend that has come to his house. The man in the house tells him no, but he will not take no for an answer. He continues to ask and knock until the man gets out of bed and gives him the bread. Do we continue to pray for things that we need or want when God does not answer IMMEDIATELY? Do we follow all three commands in this verse to ask, seek, and knock, or do we just quit praying after one time?
Daniel 3:17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
Because of what we read in Daniel chapters one and two, I believe Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, knew how to pray and get answers from God. They did not start praying when they were about to be thrown into the fiery furnace. Too many times we start praying when a problem arises in our lives, instead of praying when there are no problems in our lives. Are you the type of person that only prays when there is a problem or do you talk to God everyday like He is your friend? God will be WITH you in your fiery furnace, if you are WITH Him in your everyday life.
Daniel 2:19 Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.