"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8 NIV).
Have you ever noticed how much time and energy we spend discussing what this passage does not mean? And we’re always ready to answer the big question that might come up:
If this passage is true, why didn’t God give me what I asked for?
Well you didn’t ask in the right way.
There are some things you shouldn’t be asking for.
Perhaps God answered and you just didn’t recognize it.
Maybe God just hasn’t given it to you yet. You’re not ready for it. It’s not time.
God is going to give you something better than what you asked for.
Besides, you better be careful what you ask for, because you might get it.
All of these answers make me think of the fine print we use to get out of honoring a contract.
Some of us would rather figure out what we’re doing wrong than entertain the idea that Jesus made a promise he doesn’t keep. That kind of thinking gives us a tepid spirit.
Jesus made bold statements to inspire us to be bold, not timid. He likes the Peters and the Pauls of the kingdom—people who could be reckless at times, even make mistakes, but ended up doing big things because they weren’t afraid to ask, seek, and knock.
Why not ask the tough questions? Why not risk some disappointment or confusion? And why not get very specific in asking for what we want?
Are we afraid Jesus won’t keep his promises?