Matthew 7:7 says “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and the door shall be opened unto you”. Am going to concentrate on the first part of this verse.
My mum once gave me a story that left us in a bundle of laughs…hehe…She had gone to a nearby shop to ask for change. A lady present there saw it as an opportune time to be bought something and asked “Gurira koo” (buy me a sweet). A man standing by asked the lady why she had asked for such a small thing yet my mum had money. He on the other hand asked to be bought a loaf of bread [seems my mum was in a generous moodJ]. In the end both got what they wanted according to their asking. Anyway she was using this story to teach me one principle of asking. What you ask for is what you will receive. As long as she has it, when I ask from her, she will gladly meet my expectation.
The same applies to our asking from God. Unlike my mum, He has unlimited resources. He is in fact her provider too. His abundance of resources cannot in any way be depleted and that’s what excites me. Christians at times fail in their asking. One reason is because of ignorance. They have yet to know who God really is and what role He plays in their lives. God is my father and I am his son, so I can’t ask for bread and He gives me a stone (Matthew 7:9). He is ready to provide for me. Ignorance keeps us from knowing what He has thus we are unable to even ask for it. A story is told of a King who died and left his young son as heir. The servants however took over rule and the son was made into a servant. He grew without the knowledge of His inheritance. However, when he was grown up, one of those who was loyal to his father showed him some scrolls that had been hidden away which proved that he was rightfully king. Armed with this knowledge and a little help, he took over the kingdom from the traitors and banished them from the kingdom. This just shows how far knowledge can take us forward and lack of it can be our downfall. How can you move to the place God wants you to be when you cannot see? Seek to know and have a relationship with the Holy Spirit who will reveal to you all you need. 1 Corinthians 2:12 says: “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the [Holy] Spirit who is from God, so that we may know and understand the [wonderful] things freely given to us by God. “
Secondly, we ask wrongly. Our prayers go unanswered when we do not pray according to God’s will. This is where the Holy Spirit comes in handy if we let Him. Romans 8:26 says “In the same way the Spirit [comes to us and] helps us in our weakness. We do not know what prayer to offer or how to offer it as we should, but the Spirit Himself [knows our need and at the right time] intercedes on our behalf with sighs and groaning too deep for words.” He helps us in our intercession for He knows the mind of God. He knows what pleases Him and what angers Him. So even as you ask, welcome the Holy Spirit to guide you.
Finally, ask in faith and have perseverance. God answers prayers according to his timing. It may not be your time to receive something but when you are faithful and persistent, it will surely come to manifestation. Be alert to God’s answer. He may come through in a totally different way from what your mere mind was focusing on. The Lord to has the best in mind for you as He declares in Jeremiah 29:11 you just need to trust in Him.
I hope this piece has enlightened you and that you will ASK with a totally different view. Cheers!