Why do we not receive when we ask despite the assurance in Matthew 7:7?

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Stanley Onyekachukwu


I want to take you through the scripture in Matthew 7:7-11 but before then, I want you to take note of the previous chapters, chapter 5 and 6. In Chapter 5 Jesus taught the crowd what is known as โ€˜the beatitudesโ€™ how to live right or the right attitude of a child of God. What I call Jesus’ way.

Right after he established his teachings from chapter 5 through chapter 6 and in verse 7 of chapter 7 he said โ€œAsk, and it will be given to you, search, and you will find, knock, and the door will be opened for you.
The question is โ€œwhy did Jesus take them through those teachings of beatitudes before telling them to ask, search and knock? Because itโ€™s assumed that they must have gotten the lesson โ€œwe must have learnt the lesson and now we can ask rightโ€. But itโ€™s unfortunate that wasnโ€™t the case, we donโ€™t just care about the lesson we want results. One of the reasons people go after miracles, signs and wonders today. They donโ€™t want to know about God and they care less about building a relationship with God either. Just jump and grab!

Not because you have been given the privilege to ask so you ask the head of John the Baptistโ€ฆ you ask for the life of your neighbour whom you regard as an enemy or you go to God with a list of your wants with an expectation to receive from God, Iโ€™m sorry thereโ€™s nothing for you!
On the ground of that privilege given to us to ask, we are expected to ask in accordance with the Will of God for us which was the reason for the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ that we may know the Will of God for us and His precept.

In verse 9 and 10, Jesus gave practical examples of the things we can ask for among others. โ€œ9 Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone? Food is essential and that is why God hasnโ€™t for once failed to provide food for His children even in the wilderness, even when we fail to ask He knows we are in need of food.
In verse โ€œ10 Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake?โ€ God knows all that we need and has not failed to provide for us. The case is that some of us donโ€™t know the difference between need and want so it feels like God does not honour His Word. His Word is forever settled in heaven and will always accomplish the purpose of which it was sent.

When we fail to learn the lesson and ask wrongly, itโ€™s entirely our fault and not Godโ€™s fault. If you bring charges against God you will be in the wrongโ€ฆ Jeremiah 12:1. Because God is a righteous God!!! When we learn to live right with one another, forgive those who offend usโ€ฆOur heavenly father will never deny us anything good. Amen!

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