7 “Ask, and you will receive. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks, receives. Whoever seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door is opened.9 Who among you will give your children a stone when they ask for bread? 10 Or give them a snake when they ask for fish? 11 If you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him. (Matthew 7:7-11, CEB)
This is one of those verses when taken out of context and understanding can get us in trouble. Because this snippet of scripture literally says if you ask for it you will get it, if you look for it you will find it and if you knock on it it will be opened. Ok who among us has asked for something and not gotten it? Or searched for something and not found it? Or knocked and the door wasn’t opened? This is saying just because we as parents wouldn’t give our own children bad things, God will be a cosmic vending machine and give us all our desires. Not how this works.
Other versions of this add if it is the will of the Father. You see we can ask, look for, and want things opened for us and it may not be what we need. It is what we want, but not what we need and therefore will not happen.
So if you ask for, seek, and knock in the will of the Father it will be given, if not, maybe it wasn’t meant to be. I’ve heard God has three answers for every question, yes, no, and not yet, or I’ve got something better, or are you serious?!?!?.
Anyway, seek the will of God, and align your heart with God’s then this passage will happen.