So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; seek and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who seeks finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8
This verse can be read the wrong way. When you first read it you can say, “Wow, God will give me whatever I ask of Him. So if I want a new car, all I have to do is ask for it. Or if I need that new phone, all I have to do is ask God to give it to me. Or, I desperately want to re-do my living room, all I have to do is ask God and He will make it happen.
Now, I’m not saying that God won’t give those things to you (if you really need them), but I don’t believe that is the message that God is sending us when Jesus spoke these words.
When we want to receive what we ask of God, we need to closely look at three words: ask, seek, and knock.
First, we must ask. How many times do we not ask God for what we need? We may think it in our mind, but we may never actually go to God in prayer about it. James 4:2 says, “You do not have, because you do not ask.” There’s our sign! If we want God to give us what we need we must first ASK. We need to drop to our knees and start talking, pouring out our hearts to Him. Everything that we have been needing in our life, God is ready and willing to give to us (according to His will), but we must ask Him.
I love what the Matthew Henry Commentary says about asking:
“Pray; pray often; pray with sincerity and seriousness; pray, and pray again; make conscience of prayer, and be constant in it; make a business of prayer, and be earnest in it. Ask, as a beggar asks alms.” (Matthew Henry Commentary via Bible Gateway app)
Ask, ask, and ask some more. Which really translates to…pray, pray, and pray some more! Nothing is too silly to ask God for. What’s stopping you from asking?
The second key word is seek. Have you ever lost something? The older I’ve gotten, the more I seem to lose things (I like to say I misplace them, not lose them). My keys and my phone being the main thing two things I seem to “misplace”. When this happens, I go on a search for them. I tear my house up looking for them. I have to have those things to be able to go anywhere. I can’t live without them.
I believe that Jesus wants us to seek Him like that. We need to search for Him in every area of our lives that we can. Seek Him in Scripture. Seek Him in prayer. Seek Him in creation. Seek Him in the quiet places. Seek Him in the chaos. Seek Him in the good times. Seek Him in the bad times. Seek Him like you cannot live without Him. Seek Him like your life depended on it. And we know that our eternal lives do depend on it. Don’t stop seeking. Keep searching for Him. Like Jeremiah 29:13 says, “When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart.” Seek Him. He promises us that when we seek Him, we will find Him.
And finally, we must knock. When you go to someone’s house, what do you do first before entering? You knock. You really shouldn’t enter someone’s house like you own the place. The respectful thing to do is to knock and wait until the door is opened. Your friend will allow you to enter their home when you just knock.
I think the same applies to our relationship with God. We don’t need to barge in to our relationship with God like we own Him. We shouldn’t have a list of demands that we want from Him and expect Him to give us everything single thing. No, we must stand at the door and just knock. When we walk through the open door into a deeper relationship with Him, we are surrendering to Him and to His will for us. We humbly enter that door, ready for whatever God wants to give to us. And friends, He wants to give us the desires of our hearts (Psalm 37:4)
Our God is a giving God. He loves us so much and desires for us to walk closely with Him. He wants so much for us to talk with Him in prayer, sharing with Him what we need. He wants us to seek Him, in everything and everywhere. He longs for us to stand at His door and knock.
Receiving the promise that God will give us what we ask of Him, involves asking, seeking, and knocking. If we can do those three things, I believe that our lives will be blessed beyond measure.
And how much more will your Father in heaven GIVE good things to those who ASK of Him? Matthew 7:11b (emphasis added).
Prayer: Wonderful God, we are so thankful that we can talk with you at any time. You know everything about us but you desire for us to spend time with you, getting to know you, too. Forgive us when we don’t seek you first. Help us to always turn to you in all things. In Jesus name, Amen.
- What is one thing you have not asked of God but know you need to go to Him with?
- What is your response to God when He does give you what you have prayed about?
- Is there a door you are waiting outside of, ready for Him to open? What do you do while you wait?