Why Does Jesus Tell Us To Ask, Seek, And Knock?

When you are struggling with something in life do you find it hard to ask God for the help that you need? I know sometimes I worry that my request is something small and unimportant in the grand scheme of things. God cares for us though, and He wants us to make our requests known to Him through prayer. Look at what Jesus says in 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. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are 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!" Matthew 7:7-11

Ask, Seek and Knock. Isn't it interesting that all of these are action words? We are to ask with faith knowing that God will supply all of our needs, seek Him as we would a precious jewel or a cure to all of our ailments, and knock on the door as a desperately lost traveler who goes to the first house with a light on hoping for help. All three of these actions are done through faith and prayer.

To be sure, Jesus is not saying that we will get everything we want by simply asking for it. There are many reasons we may not get the things we want in this life. We could be asking for the wrong reasons or at the wrong time. God may have something better for us or just know that what we are asking for would not be the best thing for us.

Just as a child asks their parents for the things that they want or need, we should ask our Father for what it is we desire. When our desires align with God's will he gives in abundance because He is good! Sometimes, we fall into the trap of thinking that the way we think things should be is best, but we must remember that God always has our best interest in mind and gives us His best!