Ask and Receive

Matthew 7:7-11 , “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.  Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!”

Here Matthew 7:7-11 encourages us to ask and keep asking for every need….and then to trust that Father, Yeshua Jesus, and the Holy Spirit will give us what is good and advantageous for us.  This does not mean we need to keep asking over and over for the same thing.  Sometimes it means asking and then trusting and waiting for the answer.  It does mean we always continue to ask Him about and for everything all the time!  We ask Him for our “daily bread”.  We ask Him for His wisdom in making decisions so that His will is done on earth as it is in heaven.  He will answer.  We can trust Him.  He is our good Father and has all authority in heaven and earth!  He gave His only begotten Son and Yeshua gave His life that we might be saved…..so there is the proof of His great love for us! If He says it, He will do it.  And He will always do what is ultimately best.  His ways are higher than ours and sometimes beyond our understanding. We need to trust His Word.  We need to trust and have faith in Him.

John 16:24, “Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”

James 5:16, “Confess trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous person avails much.”

Matthew 7:8, “For everyone who keeps on asking receives, and he who keeps on seeking finds, and to him who keeps on knocking, it will be opened.” (Amplified version)

Matthew 7:11, “If you then, evil (sinful by nature) as you are, know how to give good and advantageous gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven[perfect as He is] give what is good and advantageous to those who keep on asking Him.” (Amplified version)

James 1:17, “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of lights [the Creator and Sustainer of the heavens], in whom there is no variation [no rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [for He is perfect and never changes]. (Amplified version)

Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [conviction of their reality-faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses]. (Amplified version)

James 1: 5-7, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”

James 4:3, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.

1 John 3:22, “And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.”

Hebrews 4:16, “Therefore let us with privilege approach the throne of grace [that is, the throne of God’s gracious favor] with confidence and without fear, so that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find His amazing grace to help in time of need [an appropriate blessing, coming just at the right moment]. (Amplified version)

1 Peter 5: 5-11, “Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”

Matthew 21:22, “And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

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