Matthew 7:7-8, “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 he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” I want you to notice that it says ‘everyone’ who asks receives, it doesn’t say some of them receive and some of them don’t; it says ‘everyone’ that asks receives.
The Word of God says three basic things about asking:
 We have to ask in the name of Jesus, and that means all that He is and all that He represents. Let me qualify that for you: Let’s just say Joe prays and says, “Lord, there is a liquor store for sale and I want you to help me buy it.” That would not qualify because we never see Jesus going around establishing liquor stores. You might be thinking, “Well, Jesus drank wine.” Yes, and I will be honest with you I don’t see anything in there that says we can’t, but the difference in that and selling liquor is that you are making a profit off of destroying people’s lives; that’s a big difference.
 We have to ask according to God’s will. We can find God’s will by looking at Jesus because Jesus was the manifestation of God’s will. We know it’s God’s will to heal because we see Jesus healing ‘all’ that came to Him. For the most part, we can find God’s will by studying the life of Jesus, but some things in life we won’t find that way; example: Is it God’s will that I resign as Pastor and become an Evangelist? That’s not in the Bible, but it could be God’s will. Once we know God’s will, we’ll get to where we can hear God’s voice and we’ll know if it is God talking to us or not.
 We have to ask without doubting. A lot of people think that Matthew 7:7-8 means if you keep on asking, and the amplified Bible does say, “ask and keep on asking,” but I want you to think about this, if we ask and keep on asking for the same thing, we are not actually believing, we are doubting. Remember, everyone that asks receives. The moment we go back and ask again for the same thing what we’re actually saying is that we didn’t receive; that’s not faith, faith believes that it received.
Sometimes when we ask we don’t always see an immediate manifestation of what we’ve asked for, often there is some time involved in it. Let me give you an example of the point I’m trying to make: Jesus healed 10 lepers but the Bible says that He told them to go show themselves to the Priest and as they went they we’re healed. In other words, it didn’t disappear immediately; we see it disappear as they we’re going.
However, if you ask and you don’t receive we have three options:
[A] Jesus lied, because He said everyone that asks receives. I don’t know about your theology but I refuse that one in mine. I don’t believe He ever lied, He was the truth.
[B] You didn’t ask according to God’s will.
[C] You didn’t believe it.
The Word of God tells us that God’s Word is forever settled in heaven, but we need to get it settled in our own hearts. Also it says that the just shall live by what? It says by faith and not by sight. If we want to see God move and we want to have the manifestation of God answering our prayers, we have to learn to live by faith and not by sight. Faith is not wavering, faith is not doubting, faith is just believing God said it, so that settles it, because God doesn’t lie!