So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
God is all about 'the ask.' Over and over, He tells us to ask. 'And whatever you ask in My Name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My Name, I will do it' (John 14:13-14). 'Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full' (John 16:24).
Why is 'the ask' required? Even though God knows our thoughts and desires, He tells us to ask Him. Because asking is about humility, communion, commitment and boldness. Because 'ask' is an action verb, and we serve an action God: 'For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost' (Luke 19:20).
In the Book of John is the story of the Samaritan woman at the well.* It starts with a bold request by Jesus to the woman. She responds: 'How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?' (John 4:9).
The story continues with a bold request by the woman to Jesus: 'Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw' (v.15). The result of her ask? Salvation!
In Luke's account, the verse, 'Ask and it shall be given to you' (Luke 11:9), follows The Parable of the Friend at Midnight (Luke 11:5-8), which follows the Lord's instructions on prayer (Luke 11:1-4). Take note of the order.
And remember: they're all about the ask.
To Be Continued...
*I believe the story of the Samaritan woman at the well is a key to this age, as well as to the movement of actors, models and talent for Christ. It covers a lot of Bible geography--for a good reason. I suggest you re-read it and pray to God for revelation:
John 4:1-42, http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%204&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Bread of Life series.