Ask and
Receive

Xandria,
August 10th, 2022

Everyone who asks receives

Jesus said “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8, Luke 11:9-10).

We are all familiar with the above verses quoted by Jesus. I have heard these sayings being applied anywhere and anyhow, believers and non-believers alike. It’s usually quoted in situations to encourage people not to give up but to be persistent in asking and seeking and knocking whatever it is that they are wanting.

A sister once told me that she no longer believes in these verses because she had been knocking on the door of Immigration New Zealand, but the door remains firmly shut. I am not sure whether she meant a literal door or whether it meant her continued efforts did not yield the intended results. A friend told me she refused to help migrants that do not take the initiative to help themselves because she believes the above verses mean God only helps those who help themselves.

What did Jesus mean by these verses? What situations was Jesus referring to? To put these verses in the right context, let us examine the subsequent verses:

Luke 11: 9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.  “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for[f] a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

Matthew 7: 7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

Jesus was referring to the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit when he asks the disciples to continue asking, seeking and knocking. Our Heavenly Father is eager to give us the Holy Spirit and the good gifts. Jesus was not just referring to any and every situation but to the Holy Spirit and His gifts, freely available to his children.

Paul said we are to “follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy (1 Corinthians 14:1). Our good Father wants us, His dearly loved children to desire His good gifts so we can build up the body of Christ. It is not to serve ourselves or to show that we are super spiritual, but to serve each other in love.

Jesus said everyone who asks receives. Everyone includes us. No exception, when we desire the gifts we will be given. So, ask and fan into flame the gifts He has given to you. Don’t wait. Use it and more will be given.

Be blessed!

Xandria