God Gives Good Things When We Ask

imagesThe saying of Jesus in Matthew 7:7-11 is connected with the sayings preceding and succeeding it. First, it is related to the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:10-11. Ask God for His will to be done on earth, and God shall do it. Ask God for our daily bread, and God will provide.

Second, it is also linked to Jesus’ command against worrying over our basic needs in Matthew 6:25-34. If you seek first His kingdom, ask God for your needs and you shall receive it.

Third, Jesus teaches us how we should treat others in Matthew 7:1-6. Now in vv. 7-11, Jesus points out how God treats us when we pray to Him. (Chouinard)

Finally, this saying is tied to the golden rule in Matthew 7:12. We are to do to others as God would do to us. (Garland/Chouinard)

Jesus said, “Ask and it will be given you.” The stress is not so much on our asking, our seeking, and our knocking. The emphasis is on the faithfulness of God when we ask Him. (Hagner) The point is that God answers our prayers because of His faithfulness.

The faithfulness of God is the truthfulness of God. It is the nature of God to be true to those who ask Him.

In this pericope, we see the faithfulness of God in providing for the needs of those who ask Him.


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