Jesus said "I will give you (the church) the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth must be what is already bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth must be what is already loosed in heaven" (Matthew 16:19).
The kingdom of heaven is like a house with many rooms each with a door. There’s a medicine room for healing, a treasury for wealth and riches, a library for wisdom and knowledge, an artillery room for weaponry, a bedroom for peace and rest. In fact there’s a room for everything you need in life; all you need is the right key. A key is a device that enables the user to either gain access or to deny access. The keys of the kingdom of heaven will enable you to bind - that is to close or deny access, or loose, which refers to opening or gaining access. Usually in a house of many rooms there is need for a master key. A master key will allow you to operate many locks although each has its own key.
The kingdom of heaven has a master key, one that is simple but yet so powerful. It’s all in the asking - I mean that literally, just ask! James 4:2 declares, "You do not have because you do not ask." Asking is the key to obtaining all that you desire.
Have you ever noticed that at times Jesus responded to questions with another question? For example when the disciples asked Jesus "where are we to get bread sufficient to feed so great a crowd in this desert?" His response was "how many loaves of bread do you have?" Jesus never asks questions in order to gain information because He already knows the answer (John 1:1). He asks in order to give us the questions we need to be asking. Therefore Jesus gave to His disciples the correct question they should ask. In this, He was revealing a Kingdom key that served in multiplying seven loaves and a few small fish to feed over 4000 people.
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him (1 John 5:14-15)
Questions are ‘spiritual probes’ which enable you to enquire, investigate and obtain things from God. Asking creates the shaft of a key. without its shaft a key cannot be inserted into the lock. Jesus’ question about his true identity enabled Simon Peter to receive the revelation that ‘Jesus is the Christ, the son of the living God’ (Matthew 16:13-16). How do we receive wisdom? James says, "if any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God who gives to all men liberally…" (James 1:5). Jesus said "I will grant whatever you ask in my name" (John 14:14). He also said "if you live in me and my words remains in you, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you” (John 15:7).
Picture a well, the type that has a bucket attached to a windup rope. By unwinding the rope the bucket is lowered down the well to draw up the water. In the same way, asking the right question allows you to go deep into your spirit and draw out the solution to your need. In Matthew 7:7 Jesus says, "keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you." Seeking and knocking are just different forms of asking; but you have to be persistent at it. Why the need for persistence? Because the Kingdom only responds to a valid need or desire. Only faith can validate the request because faith cannot be faked. So we ask until we really believe in what we are asking for and in whom we require it from.
Prerequisites for Asking
There are prerequisites to our asking. First you must ask in faith. As mentioned you cannot fake faith. To ask in faith is to ask with a genuine confidence in:
1. The Giver
2. His ability to give
3. Your right to receive
These three factors are the essential elements of Heaven's master key. Doubt in any of these three areas will only serve to keep the windows of Heaven closed over your life. The third factor - your right to receive, is of great importance as it reflects on 'how' you ask. When you believe you have a right to what you are asking for, then you don't need to beg. It is not arrogant to live life with a sense of entitlement; after all, life does not give you what you deserve, only what you demand.