Summary: What if this verse read, “if you don’t ask you will get only what you can get on your own, if you don’t seek God you will never really find him and if you don’t knock the important doors will ever be opened to you.”
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
What if this verse read, “if you don’t ask you will get only what you can get on your own, if you don’t seek God you will never really find him and if you don’t knock the important doors will ever be opened to you.”
Because that’s what is actually being implied here.
I could ask you, “where do you live?”
That will give me some information.
But it will not bring me to your house.
I will not know how you live.
I will not know what your neighborhood looks like.
If I don’t ask you anything, I’m really saying, “I’m not interested in knowing anything about you.”
Isn’t it the same with God?
Asking is the basics.
If I ask, I learn. It leads to knowing how.
NOT JUST Is there a God?
What kind of God is he?
What’s in the Bible?
Is He still the same as He was with those I read about in the Bible?
The answers to those questions lead us to more basic questions.
Can we still act and think and believe the way we used to?
Can we hang out with our old friends?
Do we have to change our attitudes?
All important questions.
But…this is the 2+2 phase.
This is not the quantum physics phase.
Let’s look at what the Hebrew children were taught to ask:
Ask now about the former days, long before your time, from the day God created man on the earth; ask from one end of the heavens to the other.
Ask people about the stuff that happened to before you met God.
32 Has anything so great as this ever happened, or has anything like it ever been heard of? 33 Has any other people heard the voice of God speaking out of fire, as you have, and lived? 34 Has any god ever tried to take for himself one nation out of another nation, by testings, by miraculous signs and wonders, by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, or by great and awesome deeds, like all the things the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your very eyes?
These were the basic questions that gave Israel their foundation.
Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, 6 to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ASK you, 'What do these stones mean?' 7 tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever."
They were taught to ask.
These days, we tell our children, “Don’t ask me!”
Then, when Jesus came along, God said we could ask for more:
If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."
If we don’t know that we CAN ASK, we’re going to be stuck trying to work things out ourselves.