Ask and it shall be given you…
This is to be understood
of asking of God in prayer, for such things as are wanting; whether
of a temporal nature, as food and raiment, which Christ, in the
former chapter, had warned against an immoderate and anxious concern
for; or of a spiritual nature, as grace, and wisdom to behave in a
proper manner, both towards God and men: and such, who ask according
to the will of God, in the name of Christ, and under the direction,
guidance, and influence of the Spirit, who ask in faith and fear,
and with submission to the divine will, shall have what they ask
for; not as what they deserve, but as a free gift.
Seek, and ye shall find.
This is still meant of prayer, and of
seeking God, his face and favour: which such shall find, who seek in
a right way, by Christ, and with their whole hearts, diligently:
knock and it shall be opened unto you
as beggars do, who use much
importunity for relief and assistance. So men should stand and knock
at the door of mercy, which will not always be shut against them.
Faith in prayer is a key that opens this door, when a poor soul
finds grace and mercy to help it in time of need. Our Lord's design
is to express the nature, fervour, and constancy of prayer, and to
encourage to it.