There are few messages repeated as frequently in the scriptures as this; ask and ye shall receive. But have you ever noticed how often this similar message is written in the scriptures – “Whatsoever you shall ask the Father… it shall be granted you”?
It’s in there a TON. So how exactly does it work? Do we just ask? You might say, “What’s the catch?”
Well, there’s no catch. The scriptures make that clear. But there are conditions, or qualifiers that must be in place for the promise to be fulfilled. What are those qualifiers?
A few years ago I compiled a list of all the scriptures I could find that carried this message, with all the qualifying statements. In other words, if the verse said, “whatsoever ye ask in faith, ye shall receive,” then I would write down, “in faith,” and count how many other scriptures listed faith as a qualifier for the promise.
In the end, I came up with a list of all the qualifiers I could find, and this was the result:
They are listed in order of their frequency.
7 Times (meaning there are 7 different scripture verses that list this as a qualifier)
Ask in the name of Christ
Believing that ye shall receive
If thou wilt turn unto me
Which is right
Hearken unto my voice
Repent of all thy transgressions
Ask not amiss
Ask according to the will of God
Ask in the Spirit
Believe in Christ
Which is good
Being united in prayer according to my command
If ye are purified and cleansed from all sin
Know good and evil
Not harden your hearts
With diligence in keeping my commandments
It shall be given unto you, that is expedient for you
Be thou humble
Now I can’t say that the importance of each qualifier is based on how many times it’s written in the scriptures. I don’t know if that’s the case or not. But the things that are repeated over and over in scripture aught to get our attention. Things like believing that He really will answer, asking in the name of Jesus Christ (we sometimes underestimate the power in that), and asking in real faith. Sometimes it’s that last one that throws people, so they think they don’t qualify for the promise. But remember faith is strengthened as it is exercised in righteousness.