Matthew 7:7,8 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”
Many people are familiar with these two Bible verses, or at least with the idea of asking and receiving. The idea is used in many aspects: between friends, by business leaders, by politicians, and more.
In the spiritual realm, the Lord Jesus taught it to His disciples, not to unbelievers. The key idea here is that God is very interested in providing the needs of His children, and that He has the power to do it. He also does not need to be prodded, or pleaded with in order to give it.
In addition, though, there is also the strong principle here that says that God’s people often go without simply because they don’t ask. God wants you, as a faithful believer, to learn to make a habit of asking Him for needs, and for His will to be accomplished in the lives of specific individuals, families – and nations.
A lack of trust in God’s ability or willingness to deliver is a primary reason some things are not obtained. Asking in faith must lead to seeking that answer, and being watchful for it. Asking may also require knocking on doors so that clear direction may be given.
Faith comes by spending time in reading the Bible, talking to God in prayer, and in obeying God. As you do these things more, you will discover that your vision will be enlarged, and you will be enabled and encouraged to widen your asking – according to the will of God. God will not answer a request that is in violation of His Word.
Could it be said of any of us that we have not only because we aren’t asking? Think about what great things could be done for the Kingdom of God if we would only learn to ask, seek, and knock more?