Ask. Seek. Knock. The interesting part about Jesus’ language in this passage is the verb tenses. Matthew originally wrote his Gospel in Greek (not King James English, like some people seem to think!), and Greek has some things that are quite different from English. One thing is the verb tenses.
As Jesus is telling us to ask, seek, and knock, he is using a verb tense that carries the understanding of continued action. Ask and keep on asking. Seek and keep on seeking. Knock and keep on knocking. Don’t stop asking, seeking, or knocking until you’ve gotten what you’re after. God’s not going to give you something bad when you’re asking for something good, though he may give you something good when you’re asking for something bad.
Ask God for the things you need. You may find the following prayer helpful:
Lord God, you sent have promised to give good things to those who ask you: Grant that we might have the grace to ask, seek, and knock without ceasing, that we might obtain the promises of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.