This super straightforward phrase has got me thinking for a while. Because it is not so straightforward and people who think they know Christ and who think they know the bible inside out actually doesn’t know the real exact meaning of the verse of ‘Matthew 7:7.’
−Last week, I found myself having a conversation with a group of people who claimed to be Christ followers and who were indeed thorough with their scripture. Well, turns out that this conversation does not really go well for me, Because it turns out their view on ““ask and you will receive” means “ask for anything you want and I’ll give it to you,”
−Not exactly what I expected. BECAUSE if thats what the verses mean to you then, you have turned the Lord into a cosmic genie who serves your every whim.
However, my understanding on the verses are, God will always give us good things. Our job is to understand what is good, so that we know what to ask for. The natural mind cannot understand this. But, when we offer ourselves as “a living sacrifice” and are transformed by the renewing of our minds, then we “will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:1–2). Then, asking for what we need in faith, we will have all we need for life and godliness and fullness of joy (John 16:24).