James Montgomery (b. Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland, 1771; d. Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, 1854), the son of Moravian parents who died on a West Indies mission field while he was in boarding school, Montgomery inherited a strong religious bent, a passion for missions, and an independent mind. He was editor of the Sheffield Iris (1796-1827), a newspaper that sometimes espoused radical causes. Montgomery was imprisoned briefly when he printed a song that celebrated the fall of the Bastille and again when he described a riot in Sheffield that reflected unfavorably on a military commander. He also protested against slavery, the lot of boy chimney sweeps, and lotteries. Associated with Christians of various persuasions, Montgomery supported missio… Go to person page >
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.