For many of us, the reason we judge others harshly and wrongly is because we really don’t understand the graciousness and generosity of God the Father. We have judged Him wrongly — our assessment of Him is wrong. And in turn this keeps us from asking, seeking, and knocking for the good things we need.
When we do this, we refuse the love of the Father. We don’t really think the Father wants to give us good gifts and so we try to earn it — or we try to avoid it. But Jesus wants us to see the Father in all of His radiant glory and character. Our Father is merciful. Our God is gracious. And because of that, we can come to Him and ask for things in confidence!