The Lord could give salvation in all its completeness to a sinner, without that sinner’s prayer, were it His will, but it is not His will in His infinite wisdom, and sometimes you may see His wisdom in these methods of grace; they are very admirable. In His wisdom He has designed that His people shall ask.
“Ask, and it shall be given you.” When He gives a heart to ask, He has a heart to give.
“Seek, and ye shall find.” When He gives a heart to seek, He intends to be found of the seeker.
And, “Knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” When He gives the grace to knock and seek entrance, He intends to give to that sinner free access to Himself.
He is first. Your requests, your prayers, your sense of need and of desire, are the consequence of His grace, not the cause of it.
By J.H. Gosden (1882-1964)