The idea for this piece comes from Luke 11 where people are taught to prevail in prayer. Verse 9 reveals the lesson behind this parable: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”
Each movement of this piece is a prayer portraying “asking,” “seeking,” and “knocking.” The first movement is an agitated prayer. The second movement is a solemn and humble prayer with a labored “knock” motive appearing intermittently. The third movement is a
prayer of persistence where the knock motive is heard continuously, interrupted for a restatement of the prayer from the second movement.