Ask – Matt 7:7-8
Jesus gives the proper view of prayer and receiving from God. First, ask and it shall be given unto you. James 4:2, states that we have not because we ask not. Petition is an essential part of prayer. Secondly, seek and you shall find. Please notice that in these two examples effort is required. Thirdly, knock and the door shall be opened unto you. Asking involves our speech. Seeking involves the eyes and knocking involves the hands.
Jesus then reveals that everyone who asks will receive. When you seek you will find what you are looking for and when you knock it shall be opened for you. Jesus speaks directly to God and His desire for us is to have a focus when we pray. When these three efforts are mixed with faith the impossible becomes possible and the promises of God are unlimited. Just a note, in the Middle East a door will not be opened until two things happen, a person knocks and then identifies themselves. Then the door will be opened.