by Erik Evangelista
And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
(Luke 11:9-10 KJV)
It is very simple. Ask, and you receive. Therefore, if you do not ask, you do not receive.
But many people argue that they have asked for a lot of things for countless times. And still they have not heard of anything even remotely close to their requests. Does this mean God does not listen?
Many biblical advocates say that those people do not receive what they ask for because they ask with evil motives, as described in James 4:3. But the question is, how about the things we ask for without any evil intentions?
Let us take a look at the context of these verses:
Would any of you who are fathers give your son a snake when he asks for fish? Or would you give him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? As bad as you are, you know how to give good things to your children. How much more, then, will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"
(Luke 11:11-13 GNB)
It is not that the Lord does not want to grant us our desires. He knows what we want, and what we need. But He wants us first to seek the things of the spirit: to ask for the gift of the Holy Spirit. And how do people receive the Holy Spirit?
Peter said to them, "Each one of you must turn away from your sins and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, so that your sins will be forgiven; and you will receive God's gift, the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:38 GNB)
God wants to answer our prayers, but we must first follow His wishes. Salvation comes first and foremost.