I Asked But Didn’t Receive

In Matthew 7:7,8 we read, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for everyone that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened.” But what about those prayers you prayed and didn’t receive what you asked for?

In Proverbs 3:5,6 we read, “Trust in the Yahweh with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes: fear the Yahweh and depart from evil.

“Ask, and it shall by given you;” What is it? “In all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths.” You will receive it; but what is it? You will receive God’s answer to acknowledging him in your situation.

Joseph received slavery and prison–training for his great work as 2nd in command in the nation of Egypt by which he saved thousands, perhaps millions of lives. Moses received 40 years exile in the desert–part of his training for the great work of his life–freeing 600,000 slaves and leading them to the land God had promised them.

The most painful experiences of our lives bring gifts with them in time–gifts of compassion, wisdom, understanding, and more. Those who experience great pain become the most effective people–especially in areas that relate to their pain.

So, ask. Ask in faith that you will receive. You will receive the direction from your loving God, who like loving earthly parents require their children to complete the education appropriate to that child. Though it may be painful, it will be worked into good for the asker.

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths.asking

  • Hannah Corbett

    Mom, this is beautiful. Thank you. This makes such good sense. I have wondered about this for so long. Really encouraging.