Ask and it shall be given to you is the first part of Matthew 7: 7 and Luke 11: 9, and is one of the Laws of God. We will study exactly what these words mean as taken from the Greek meanings in the Strong’s Concordance.
Greek Meanings of Words
ASK (aiteo – pronounced ahee-teh-o)
crave, desire, call for, require
Present Imperative Active Voice – the subject gives a command and is action happening right now
GIVEN (didomi – pronounced did-o-mee)
a giving that is implied by adventure, deliver up
Future Passive Voice – subject receives the action
The subject of the sentence is YOU, so it is giving a command of action. This law requires that you crave and desire the thing that you need, and not just say the words hoping that something will happen. God already knows exactly what you need, but just the same He wants you to petition Him for it. He wants to have a close and personal relationship with you, just like an earthly father and child. He also wants to bless you just as an earthly father would want to bless his earthly child.
Then the subject of the sentence, which is YOU, receives the action of being given the thing that you have petitioned for. You just never know how your Heavenly Father will answer the prayer that you have petitioned to Him. It could be in a way that you have never thought of before, and it will probably always make you feel in awe of just how big God really is. Let Him be free to work in your life in whatever way He chooses.
Please don’t forget, though, that it may be some time between the asking and the receiving. Your Heavenly Father will give you what you need at the exact time, and not a moment before. You will learn, though, that you can completely trust Him to give you “His Best” each and every day. Don’t give up believing that you will get what you desire as long as it is in accordance with the Bible.
What the next verse says
The first part of Matthew 7: 8 and Luke 11: 10 (the next verses) according to the King James Version says, “For everyone that asketh receiveth…”
These two words mean essentially the same thing as the definitions that have already been given above.
This is the same root word, and it serves as an emphasis to the person or thing it modifies that what they desire will truly come to pass as long as it is in alignment with the Bible.
RECEIVETH (lambano – pronounced lam-ban-o)to take, to get hold of, to have offered to
Present Indicative Active Tense – The subject (EVERYONE) receives the action and makes an assertion of a fact, without any distinction being made about the time the action occurs. It represents action that is repeated or continuous.
This second verse is a strong affirmation of the first one. You can truly believe that God stands by His Word and will do whatever He says He will do.
Seek and you will find is the second part of Matthew 7: 7 and Luke 11: 9 and is another part of the Laws of God.
Word meanings as taken from Greek Text
SEEK (zeteo – pronounced dzay-teh-o)
to worship, desire, endeavor, enquire
Present Imperative Active Tense – The subject gives a command and it describes action happening right now
FIND (heureo – pronounced hyoo-reh-o)
to get, obtain, perceive, see
Future Active Tense – Action will take place in the future
This is the second part of the command that is given to the Christian in these verses. He wants you to know your rights and act upon them without letting the flesh get in the way. If you truly want to know Him, you will obtain what you desire because it will line up with the Bible.
Second part of the text
The next part of this teaching is found in the second part of Matthew 7: 8 and Luke 9: 10. The same two words are given a second time.
This makes a further assertion that when you truly desire Christ, it will be His good pleasure to bless your life.
Choose right now to believe the wonderful promises in the Bible.
Knock and it shall be opened unto you is the third and last part of Matthew 7: 7 and Luke 11: 9 and is another of the Laws of God. This is very powerful for the Christian, and the whole verse merits some deep thought.
Greek Meanings of Words
KNOCK (krouo – pronounced kroo-o)
to rap on the door
Present Imperative Active Tense – The subject (you) gives a command and it is action that is happening in the now
OPENED (anoigo – pronounced an-oy-go)
to be able to enter
Future Perfect Tense – the subject (you)is the one that receives the action
Then in Matthew 7: 8 and Luke 11: 10, it says the very same thing. God desires for you to ask Him for the things that you need, and even the things that you want as long as they are in alignment with the Bible. He wants you to know Him so well that you are not afraid to tell Him what you need. Your Heavenly Father loves you more than you could ever imagine.
Desire to develop a personal relationship with Him and see all the wonderful things He will do in your life.