We so often limit our blessings because we limit God. We either don’t believe that He will give us what we ask for, or we just don’t know what the scriptures say. There are so many places in the Bible where Jesus tells us to “ask” for what we want, and to ask in His name (see John 14:13-14; 15:7; 15:16; 16:23-24; Matthew 21:22; Mark 11:24). Jesus tells us to “ask,” so why is it we feel that we can’t, and to make it worse, we don’t. I know I was guilty of this for a long time before I had good teaching on the subject. I would think, “That’s so trivial; I’m not going to bother God with that,” and in turn I ended up stressed out and disappointed because I never received what I wanted. I’ve learned since then and I ask God for every little thing. It doesn’t matter how big or how small it is. I know that He hears me when I pray, so I pray about everything, leaving nothing out. James 4:2 says “you have not because you ask not,” so I’ve learned to ask and you need to start doing the same. Psalms 35:27 says that God delights in the prosperity and well-being of His servant, and we are His servants. God wants to prosper us in every way—spiritually, financially, emotionally, and physically; but we need to start asking for what we want and take the limits off of God.
God is the only One who can give us all that we need to begin with, so we need to start voicing what we want. God doesn’t mind if we have “things” as long as the “things” don’t have us. He knows us the best, so if He knows that what you are asking for will become an idol for you, He won’t granted it. God is a jealous God and He won’t tolerate you putting “things” before Him. Once we learn how to balance our lives with putting God first above everything, and then everything else after Him, you will find that you may start receiving more of the things that you ask for. One of my favorite scriptures is Psalms 37:4 because it says if we delight ourselves in the Lord then He will give us the desires of our hearts. Put God first and watch Him start to work wonders in your life. You may even start to receive things that you didn’t even know you wanted, but God knew because He searches the heart. I do want to caution you though not to make your time with God only about asking for “things.” Ask in a balanced way; praise and worship God first, spend quality time with Him, talk to Him on a daily and consistent basis throughout the day. You don’t want to use God as a jack-in-the box, but you do want to reverence Him because He is worthy of your time and praise.
I love what Joyce Meyer says, “I’d rather believe for a lot and get half of it than believe for a little and get all of it.” There are things that I’ve asked for years ago that I’m still waiting on, but my faith in God hasn’t changed. It has actually grown because as time goes on and the desire increases, so does my faith. I also know that if I don’t get what I asked for, God has something better in mind for me that I’m just not smart enough to ask for yet. I know that everything works in God’s timing. It can be frustrating at times because you have to operate in patience, but being impatient isn’t going to make God move any faster. When you operate in faith, once you pray and you believe that you receive, every day becomes a day of expectation. You begin to look for your prayer to be answered and that makes life so much more exciting because you do not know when God will deliver, but you know that He will.
Take God out of the limited box you may have Him in and start asking BIG, dreaming BIG, and believing BIG. If God said to “ask,” then open your mouth and start asking and believe that you receive. Begin to meditate on these scriptures to build up your confidence in the power of God Almighty.
- Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.” (Matthew 19:26 NLT)
- Now glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of—infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes (Ephesians 3:20 TLB)
- “I am the Lord, the God of all people. Nothing is too difficult for me (Jeremiah 32:17 GNT)
- Every good gift, every perfect gift, comes from above. These gifts come down from the Father, the creator of the heavenly lights, in whose character there is no change at all (James 1:17 CEB)