Ask and You Will Receive

“Ask and you will receive” may seem to be one of Jesus’s most extravagant promises. We have all asked and not received. To find out what Jesus actually meant, then, we have to answer a few questions: Who is asking? Where is the request going? Whom does it reach? For most people, the asking comes from the ego, with its unending stream of desires. The request is going out into empty space or to a vaguely remembered God from childhood. The receiver of the request is unknown.

What this means is that asking and receiving are disconnected. Indeed, they must be, because in everyday awareness the world is separate from us and fragmented into millions of isolated events. However, at a deeper level everything is unified and whole. When you ask for anything, the One is asking the One, God is asking God. And there is always a response.

Exercise
Learn to ask in a new way, by expecting every wish to bring a response. Take the attitude expressed by the Persian poet Rumi: “Ask all of yourself.” The mechanics of giving and receiving are inside you. Therefore, the next time you pray for something, or simply desire it, go through the following steps:

  • Express the desired outcome to yourself clearly.
  • Detach yourself from your request after you make it.
  • Take an undemanding attitude to the outcome.
  • Be open to whatever response the universe gives back.
  • Know that there is always a response.

In this case, “response” doesn’t mean a yes or no from God. There is no judge deciding whether you are worthy or not. Those perceptions were born of separation. When Jesus told his followers that God sees and knows everything, he was describing the complete intimacy between the self and the intelligence that pervades the universe. Since you could not exist without being part of that intelligence, praying to God is circular, a feedback loop.

Adapted from The Third Jesus, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2008).


72 comments

Shirley Angel
Shirley Moes4 years ago

I love it ... It is so True ask en You Will receive

Ann B.
Ann B.4 years ago

thanks for posting this article

heather g.
heather g.4 years ago

Yes, Deepak I know that we are all part of the world's intelligence.

Unfortunately, the person I am asking is not of this world's intelligence. The line is down....

heather g.
heather g.4 years ago

Yes, Deepak I know that we are all part of the world's intelligence.

Unfortunately, the person I am asking is not of this world's intelligence. The line is down....

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal4 years ago

Ask and ye shall receive...all for the higher good?

Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia4 years ago

People need to realize that "god" or whatever you want to call it, is not a genie, he/she/it does not just grant wishes. They may open doors, but you must work for them and walk through the right ones.

Lin Moy
Lin M4 years ago

I'm still waiting.

Heidi R.
Past Member 4 years ago

This is very reminiscent of two other thoughts I've heard. One was Abraham Hicks and the idea that if you ask for something the next thing you do is 'give it to the manager' and don't worry how it will happen, as the 'manager' will worry about the details.

The other quote I heard was from an Evangelist. He said he asked through prayer and then believed the seed was planted. As he put it, a farmer plants a seed and believes it will grow. The farmer doesn't dig up the see everyday to check it. He allows the growth to happen. You should ask and then leave the seed and wait for the crop.

These are lovely thoughts.

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola4 years ago

Thanks for this great article

Odette Castro
Odette Castro4 years ago

Believe and Trust.