Let your request be made known.
Can you imagine going into court, the judge asking you if you plead guilty or not guilty – and not answering? Or a spouse asking, “what is it you want? I’ll do it.” and not responding? Or a job offer on the table with a ‘name your price and we will pay it’ moment, and we don’t pipe up and say a number?
WHY WOULDN’T YOU ANSWER????
It’s one of those situations that if we were at a movie, we would be yelling at the screen, ‘SAY SOMETHING!”
Yet, at the same time, we go in and out of our prayer time with God and don’t tell Him what we want. We talk to Him, some. We try not to ‘bother Him’ with too much. We asked one time and it didn’t turn out the way we wanted. And so…we don’t ASK.
It takes a certain confidence to do that. After all, there’s potential rejection. From God or anybody we ask. Is that what holds us back? The potential that God will say no?
I know how to get a guaranteed no – don’t ask. Don’t ask for popcorn at the movie theatre, and you won’t get any. Don’t ask for an upgraded room at the hotel, and you will be sure to stay where you are. Don’t ask to be included in the game, and they play without you.
Not bothering to ask certainly doesn’t make you holy. ‘Oh, I’ll just stay here with what I have.’ That doesn’t take faith. And it takes faith the please God. Therefore, not asking Him is just us exercising a lack of faith and not pleasing to Him. Ouch.
He Says ASK
Ask and it shall be given. (Matthew 7:7)
…let your requests be made known unto God. (Philippians 4:6)
…you have not because you ask not. (James 4:2)
…ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. (John 15:7)
…whatever you ask in prayer, you shall receive. (Matthew 21:22)
…you can do exceedingly, abundantly above all I can ask… (Ephesians 3:20)
And on and on and on.
Why are you shy about asking again?
Praying a bold, audacious, faith-filled prayer makes the heart of God pleased. You know you can’t do it. But you trust that God can if you ask Him. Who WOULDN’T be honored by that kind of trust and faith?
So Get Asking…
What do you want? You gotta think about it. And write it down. The shortest pencil is better than the longest memory. And pray over it. Ask Him to do it once, and then thank Him for moving on it, working on it, changing things around for it every day until you see it come to pass.
Ask big. If you can do it without God, you aren’t really trusting Him with anything. Ask bigger than you are. Ask beyond what you can do. And watch God wow you.
Our church is fired up and asking God for some pretty bold, courageous, audacious, only-God-could-do-it kinda things. And guess what? He is answering.
Get In On It. Ask. BIG.
And so we don’t get lazy and put off until later what we will forget about and end up staying where we are (oh yeah, I called you out, because I do it too!) – make your first ask HERE. Right now! Comment below, what is something you need to ask God for? And friends, let’s ALL pray over it!