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 (Matthew 7:7-8).
Generally, when this promise is heard, people often think that it is a blank check turned to the bearer and that we can ask according to our human carnality and not according to the will of God. This is the point where most people get frustrated (James 4:3).
This is a very serious error, because they think that the more they pray for vain things, they can twist the arm of God to grant their carnal desires.
Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts (James 4:3).
Because of this, God teaches us in his word that vain prayer will have no answer. Because that is how pagans pray (Mt 6:7).
But God, who knows all the things we need before we ask them, urges us to seek Him first and He promises us that all our needs will be met.
Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you (Matthew 6:31-33).
Ask and it shall be given you
Many will say, Then! How do we have to ask God? The Bible says we have to ask according to his will (1 Jn 5:14; Jn 9:31; Ps 10:17). But often for lack of knowledge of God’s will, we ask for a rock instead of bread and a serpent instead of fish (Mt 7:9-10). But many times our Father with his care, does not listen to these vain prayers that we believe as a blessing, but that in the long run can harm us. Because if you have a 5-year-old child, you will not buy a car but know how to drive it.
Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? (Matthew 7:9-10).
The best way to know God’s will is to know Him more, through prayer and the reading of His word. In the same way that in order to know a person a lot, it is necessary to spend more time with her, that is the way it is with God.
The Lord Jesus in this passage tells us to persevere in our search for God (Mt 7:7). Therefore, God demands decision and effort, but Jesus assures us that this effort will be rewarded (Mt 7:8). Let us ask for knowledge, wisdom, patience, love and understanding, He will give it to us.
Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints (Ephesians 1:16-18)
Seek, and ye shall find
We see this promise in the Bible in the lives of men like Abraham, David and Daniel, to mention these three of the many examples we find in the Holy Scriptures. Men who always sought the presence of God and found their favor.
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:13).
These men sought the Presence of God and all their needs were met. In this way, these examples in the Bible teach us that as long as we do what God demands of us, He takes care of our things.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you (Mt 6:33).
Abraham was a man who sought God’s presence, because otherwise he would not have been able to understand his call. Due to his search he received the promises of being a father of crowds and the direct line of Jesus Christ. In addition, the Bible tells us that he was a very prosperous man economically.
And the Lord appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the Lord, who appeared unto him. And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the Lord, and called upon the name of the Lord (Genesis 12:7-8).
David was a person described by the Bible as a man according to the heart of God. And who very early sought his presence in prayer. Like Abraham, David found favor with God, being anointed as king of Israel before his brothers. And to whom was given the promise that his offspring would have an Eternal Kingdom. Fulfilling this Word in Jesus Christ.
My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up (Psalm 5:3).
The Prophet Daniel is another example of a search for God at all times and the faithfulness of his word. Daniel never thought of winning the favor of men, but God’s favor, even if it cost him his life. And as the Bible says that “God honors those who honor Him” (1 Sa 2:30), he was the second man in charge during two empires, In addition, he received revelations about the Messiah and the End Times.
Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime (Daniel 6:10).
Knock, and it shall be opened unto you
The Bible in this passage is teaching us that we should knock on the door as one who wishes to enter the house. Sin was the one in charge of closing the door and putting a key against us and the only way we call is through prayer . Those who are not very clear about who Jesus Christ is, should know that He is the only access to God and that through Faith in Him, everyone has access to the throne of Grace (Jn 10:9, 14:6).
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16).