To Ask is to Receive

By: Ray Larson

Posted: August 14, 2014

Category: Daily Devotional

The Sermon on The Mount could very easily have been a separate writing. It has been included in Matthew’s gospel by those who took on that responsibility because it covers so very much and could have, as I write, been easily seen as separate from the rest of the Sermon on the Mount.

I believe that God does want to hear our prayers because it reveals where our hearts are. It is a means of knowing what is really going on inside of us. It’s sort of like asking your young child, “What do you want Santa Claus to bring you this Christmas.” It doesn’t mean that you are going to deliver on Christmas morning, but it does mean out of their wants you might be able to select something that they might need. A very good description of the purpose of prayer.

At the very least it will give you a understanding of where your child thinks their needs are and some of their wants. Jesus used this teaching to help us lift up what our main concerns and worries may be at the moment to our heavenly Father. Jesus teaches we must not only ask, but knock; we have to come to God’s door, and take the opportunity to pray fully and with faith that God will hear and will respond. Don’t be afraid to ask.


Heavenly Father, Your Son our Lord and Savior has taught us this wonderful insight into Your desire to know what we are seeking; not only for ourselves but for all who are lost in the course of living out their lives. In the Savior’s name we pray. Amen.