Oh, how this scripture spoken encouragement to my soul!
Keep on asking and it will be given you;
keep on seeking and you will find;
keep on knocking [reverently] and
[the door] will be opened to you.
For everyone who keeps on asking receives;
and he who keeps on seeking finds;
and to him who keeps on knocking,
[the door] will be opened.
Or what man is there of you,
if his son asks him for a loaf of bread,
will hand him a stone?
Or if he asks for a fish,
will hand him a serpent?
If you then, evil as you are,
know how to give good
and advantageous gifts to your children,
how much more will your Father
Who is in heaven
[perfect as He is]
give good and advantageous things
to those who keep on asking Him!
from Clark’s Commentary
Prayer is the appointed means for obtaining what we need.
Pray; pray often; make a business of prayer,
and be serious and earnest in it.
Ask, as a beggar asks alms.
Ask, as a traveller asks the way.
Seek, as for a thing of value that we have lost;
or as the merchantman that seeks goodly pearls.
Knock, as he that desires to enter
into the house knocks at the door.
Sin has shut and barred the door against us;
by prayer we knock.
Whatever you pray for,
according to the promise,
shall be given you,
if God see it fit for you,
and what would you have more?
This is made to apply to all that pray aright;
every one that asketh receiveth,
whether Jew or Gentile,
young or old,
rich or poor,
high or low,
master or servant,
learned or unlearned,
all are alike welcome to the throne of grace,
if they come in faith.
It is explained by a comparison taken from earthly parents,
and their readiness to give their children what they ask.
Parents are often foolishly fond,
but God is all-wise;
he knows what we need,
what we desire,
and what is fit for us.
Let us never suppose our heavenly Father would bid us pray,
and then refuse to hear,
or give us what would be hurtful.