Matthew 6:8 . . . For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.
There is a very important principle in God’s word that is tightly threaded throughout the whole Bible. It is the principle of asking before you receive.
There is a key word in this verse that can not be overlooked. Jesus said that God knows our need. Not only does He know it, but he was aware of it long before you were. Yet, because Jesus said that the Father knows the need before we “ask,” it implies that we will be asking.
Jesus said, “Ask, and it will given to you . . .” Matthew 7:7
Jesus said, “Whatever you ask in My name . . .” John 14:13
Jesus said, “If you ask anything in My name . . .” John 14:14
Jesus said, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire . . .” John 15:7
Jesus said, “. . . that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” John 15:16
Jesus said, “Until now you have asked me nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” John 16:24
Although God said that He would send the much needed rain (1 Kings 18:1), Elijah still had to ask for it (1 Kings 18:41-45).
Although Jeremiah had prophesied that God would deliver Judah from the Babylonian captivity within 70 years, Daniel still prayed in order for it to happen (Daniel 9).
The principle still remains. If you are in need, just ask Him and let God take care of you.