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Bible Verses about Asking

Updated on August 30, 2010

What does the Bible say about asking?

I recently did a bible study to find out what all the Bible says about asking. I was very encouraged when I saw all of the verses about asking next to each other. God really does want us to ask Him for things! There are a few pre-requisites mentioned, but for the most part we have not because we ask not!

Bible Verses about asking

Solomon asks for wisdom rather than riches or fame

1 Kings 3:5-13 (NKJV)

5 At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?”

6 And Solomon said: “You have shown great mercy to Your servant David my father, because he walked before You in truth, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with You; You have continued this great kindness for him, and You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.

7 Now, O LORD my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in.

8 And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted.

9 Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”

10 The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.

11 Then God said to him: “Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice,

12 behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you.

13 And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days.

Bible Verses about Asking

God answers prayer

Zechariah 10:1 (NKJV)

Ask the LORD for rain in the time of the latter rain. The LORD will make flashing clouds; He will give them showers of rain, Grass in the field for everyone.

Asking God

Keep Asking, Seeking, Knocking

Matthew 7:7-11 (NKJV)

7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

9 Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?

10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent?

11 If you then, being 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!

Bible verse on asking God

Ask while believing

Matthew 21:22 (NKJV)

22 And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.

Bible passage about asking God

Ask, Seek, Knock

Luke 11:9-13 (NKJV)

9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

10 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

11 If a son asks for bread[a] from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish?

12 Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?

13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

Bible Verses about asking God in John

Ask in Jesus' name

John 14:13-14 (NKJV)

13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.

John 15:7 (NKJV)

7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

John 16:23-24 (NKJV)

23 “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.

24 Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

Ask God for wisdom

God gives generously when asked

James 1:5 (NKJV)

5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

Bible verse about asking God

Ask according to God's will

1 John 5:14-15 (NKJV)

14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.

15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

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      Ken 13 months ago

      Thank you so much, now I know.

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      Pat 23 months ago

      This was the information I needed. Thank you in the name of Jesus.

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      dina-calox 4 years ago

      i first of all thank God for the man he used to have this bible verses on the internet. this words are so inpiring as if God is directly talking to you. no more words, only thanking God for his wonderful words in the bible. he said if u lack wisdom, ask from God. i will writing a test 2morrw, adn i need God top helm me remember what i have studied.

      thank you Father.......

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      E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks for sharing scripture that lets us know God wants us to ask. This is a real resource.

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      lordschild 6 years ago

      I thank the Lord for whatever he has done for me. For bringing this drastic change in my life and delivering me of my sins. These verses are totally inspirational. Feel like the Lord is directly talking to me.

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      KaraboTema 7 years ago

      The power of prayer is so amazing. God asks only that you ask of a pure heart, and you will receive? but I have also realised that if something is not meant to be yours, however much you pray I don't think that you will receive it, or that it will last once you receive it. Trust and give all things big or small to Him in prayer, ask with an honest, sincere heart, and God, the giver of all things, the carrier of all things will carry you and give to you accordingly. Prayer puts me at peace, especially when I give all things to him, I must train myself to give without reservation.

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      KaraboTema 7 years ago

      The power of prayer is so amazing. God asks only that you ask of a pure heart, and you will receive? but I have also realised that if something is not meant to be yours, however much you pray I don't think that you will receive it, or that it will last once you receive it. Trust and give all things big or small to Him in prayer, ask with an honest, sincere heart, and God, the giver of all things, the carrier of all things will carry you and give to you accordingly. Prayer puts me at peace, especially when I give all things to him, I must train myself to give without reservation.

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      suefab85 7 years ago

      I have been praying to God for him to intervene in all of my projects, these bible verses are amazing and have been a great help and inspiration to me

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I was preparing a Sunday School class on the bibical principal of "Asking" after hearing recently about the book "women don't ask". Realizing "asking" was often directed by God, this set of Bible verses was exactly what i was looking for....at just the right time. Thank you for taking the time to collect all the verses with headings in one place so I didn't have to search and could just seek the knowledge from the words as I mine their meaning. I was especially surprised that I hadn't remembered the Luke and Matthew verbage of Jesus' words were so exactly similar that this passage must be important to study. Thanks again for blessing me today.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I am a test to these verses ask and it shall be given. God is real and he is even more true on his words.

      Believe, ask he will answer.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      this is amazing and so helpful

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This is totally great and has inspired much seeing them one after another! Thanks!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hi

      I enjoyed the verses. However, I'm looking for the verse that says: the reason you don't have what you want is because you don't ask." I'm paraphrasing. Can you help me out?

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hello the writer,

      I want to thank you for listing the scriptures on asking. It has been helpful to me, because it is through asking the Lord that I have seen His miracles recently.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Praise be to God!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I was having a rough day and this really encouraged me to press on thx!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      God bless you all

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Have faith in god

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      ideadesigns 8 years ago

      If we know God's will then we can ask and He'll give! God bless your lens making!! 5 stars.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      thanks to all who took time to bring such valuable info to be so obtainable god bless you and keep the faith!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I appreciate a Scriptural lens, very nice! Thanks! :)) - Susie

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      Johannes_Theologus 8 years ago

      A nice group of texts: as you mention, often we have not because we ask not; St. James says exactly that (James 4:2). And the one time someone (Ahaz) says "I will not ask", he is rebuked (Isa 7:12).

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I think that these scriptures are so awesome for the soul. Praise the Lord for what you have done. I would prefer though more KJV theres a lot that is missing when you don't. It doesnt give the whole flavor of the word of God. Maranatha... The Lord is Coming very soon. Get ready! Be ready! Signs of the times are everywhere.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I found this information to be just what I was looking for. Having all of the verses that pretained to the question on 'asking'in one place made it easy for studying.