Matthew 7:7 – “Ask (aiteite) 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 (aitwn) receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Lu 9:45 - “But they did not understand what this meant. It was hidden from them, so that they did not grasp it, and they were afraid to ask him about it.”
1. To Ask – verb, aiteo
"to ask," Aiteo more frequently suggests the attitude of a suppliant, the petition of one who is lesser in position than he to whom the petition is made.
a. in the case of men in asking something from God, Matt. 7:7;
b. a child from a parent, Matt. 7:9,10;
c. a subject from a king, Acts 12:20;
d. priests and people from Pilate, Luke 23:23 (RV, "asking" for AV, "requiring");
e. a beggar from a passer by, Acts 3:2.
With reference to petitioning God, this verb is found in Paul's epistles in Eph. 3:20; Col. 1:9; in James four times, James 1:5,6; 4:2,3; in 1 John, five times, 1 John 3:22; 5:14,15
2. Request, Desire, verb, erotao
more frequently suggests that the petitioner is on a footing of equality or familiarity with the person whom he requests.
a. It is used of a king in making request from another king, Luke 14:32;
b. of the Pharisee who "desired" Christ that He would eat with him, an indication of the inferior conception he had of Christ, Luke 7:36; Luke 11:37; John 9:15; 18:19.
In this respect it is significant that the Lord Jesus never used aiteo in the matter of making request to the Father.
Jesus asks, or declares that He will ask anything of the Father, it is always erotao, an asking, that is, upon equal terms, John 14:16; 16:26; 17:9,15,20. It is never aiteo.
In passages where both words are used, the distinction should be noticed, even if it cannot be adequately represented in English.
In John 16:23, "in that day ye shall ask Me nothing," the verb is erotao, whereas in the latter part of the verse, in the sentence, "If ye shall ask anything of the Father," the verb is aiteo.
Ezra 8:21 - There, by the
humble ourselves before our God and ask him for a safe journey for us
and our children, with all our possessions.
1Timothy 5:5 - “The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her
hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help.”
2) If you ask then you should plan on him doing what he said
Ezra 8:22 - I was ashamed to ask the king for soldiers and horsemen to
protect us from enemies on the road, because we had told the king, "The
gracious hand of our God is on everyone who looks to him, but his
great anger is against all who forsake him."
Mt 21:22 - “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."
3) Ask for things that are in his obvious will.
Mt 9:38 - “Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."
1Jo 5:14 - “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
4) Asking is an expression of your will.
a. There is power within your desires.
b. If you are hungry you will find food. If you are lonely you seek out a person. If you are tired you will sleep. If you want something you will ask for it.
c. If you want God and his will in your life you will ask for it
Lu 11:9 - "So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
Lu 10:2 - He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.
Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
5) Power of Agreement
a. If one persons expressed will makes a difference, then two people are better.
b. Two people expressing the same desire will have a multiplying effect.
Mt 18:19 - "Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything
you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.”
6) Accomplishing God’s will is our purpose
John 14:13 – “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.
7) When we desire what God is trying to do then nothing will be impossible
John 14:14 – “You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it
John 15:7 – “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.
John 16:23 – “In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.
8) We Can Ask for things that we simply want for our own kingdom
Mr 11:24 - “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
1Jo 5:15 – “And if we know that he hears us--whatever we ask--we know that we have what we asked of him.”
9) Fulfilling God’s will requires us receiving his provision
Ephesians 3:20 – “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all
we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,
10) Accomplishing our purpose and God’s will brings us joy
John 16:24 – “Until now you have not asked for anything in my name.
Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
Reasons for not asking:
i. Isa 7:12 -But Ahaz said, "I will not ask; I will not put the Lord to the test."
a. Of responsibility - expectations
b. Of requirements – repenting, obedience
3) Lack of knowledge
a. Of God’s Principle
Jas 1:5 – “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives
generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”
b. Of Man’s kingdom potential
4) Asking the men something that you should be asking God
“Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, "Are you asking one another what I meant
when I said, 'In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me'?” (John 16:19)
Examples of the Power of Asking
Ex 3:22 - Every woman is to ask her neighbor and any woman living in her house
for articles of silver and gold and for clothing, which you will put on
your sons and daughters. And so you will plunder the Egyptians."
Ex 11:2 - Tell the people that men and women alike are to ask their neighbors for articles of silver and gold.
1Ki 3:5 – “At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, "Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”
2Ki 4:3 – “Elisha said, "Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don't ask for just a few.”
Psalms 2:8 - Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession
Why Asking is a Necessary Requirement for Receiving
We have been given freewill
We have our own souls that we are responsible for.
Freewill includes the freedom to choose.
God does some things because it is within his plan for his kingdom.
He gives us the right to do what we want with our kingdom.
Our souls and our lives are our kingdom.
We are the king of our soul.
If you want something from God’s kingdom you must ask for it.
Why We Do Not Receive
1) We do not ask
Jas 4:2 – “You want something but don't get it. You kill and covet, but you
cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have,
because you do not ask God.”
2) Wrong Desires
Jas 4:3 – “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong
motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”
3) Failure to Obey (Failure to please him)
1Jo 3:22 – “. . . and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his
commands and do what pleases him.”
4) Inability to Believe
5) Inability to Wait and Endure
6) Inability to manage and accomplish what you have asked for
a. Things we ask for require us to demonstrate responsibility and management.
b. You cannot receive successfully something you do not have the capacity for. Like a first year guitar player wanting to give a concert.
c. You cannot receive something that you can not handle. Like a 5 year wanting a horse.
7) Not God’s will – God’s purpose will and should always override your desires.
2 Corinthians 12: 8, “Tree times I pleaded (Gr. “cried out”) with the Lord to
take it away from me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you.”
1Jo 5:14 – “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask
anything according to his will, he hears us.”
Responsibility of the Believer to Ask God
1. When we have a need it is so we turn to ask God.
1Ti 5:5 - “The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in
God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help.”