Ask, and ye shall receive. J. Montgomery. [Prayer.] Written Sept. 10, 1832, and, according to notes by Montgomery on the original manuscript, sent in manuscript to several persona at different times (M. MSS.). It was included by him in his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 67, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled, "Asking, Seeking, Finding." It is based upon Matt. vii. 7, 8. It is common use both in Great Britain and America, but in each case to a limited extent.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)