“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 the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:7-11)
ESV Note: Disciples should come to God in humility and awareness of need. Seek connects one’s prayer with responsible action in pursuing the will of God. Knock suggests perseverance. Disciples are to persist in prayer, confident that their Father will provide whatever is best for them, according to his sovereign, gracious will.
I think my favorite part of this verse is the comparison of earthly fathers to God. Jesus reminds us that fathers want to give their children good things, not bad. How much more, then, does God want to give us good things? Infinitely more! God does not desire to withhold good things from us. He just knows what we need more than we do. So pray with confidence and with expectation of Him answering. He is the giver of every good thing (James 1:17).