I talk a lot about having big faith and boldly asking God for audacious prayers. In my estimation we can ask for very practical things like a job or healing or deliverance. We can also ask for seemingly unimportant things like for our kid’s sports team to win or to stop eating so much sugar.
Asking is not the same as worshipping. What I mean by that is, I can ask my good Father for anything because, like a good dad does, he wants us to ask. If I am still worshipping him and not the thing for which I am asking, I think the humble request is asked in total freedom from fear or judgment. Then if sometimes his answer is no then as we talk about why not, I learn. If he doesn’t explain himself then I exercise my trust. If he says yes, it’s because this Daddy loves to give his kid good things.
When we adopted our second baby we also were hoping to buy a house. I unabashedly asked God if we could please afford this dream home and somehow also let me stay home (I had been an art teacher for ten years). That didn’t make sense: lower our income and make a huge purchase at the same time? But I didn’t ask for one or the other and God didn’t have to oblige to either request but he lovingly gave me both. It was like I had all that I needed and then some, but I was still asking for both ice cream AND cake for dessert. My Father looked at me, his sweet daughter and said, “Sure, baby girl. I love you.” You see, I’ve learned that there is no lack in the Kingdom. God, who is a good Father, doesn’t run out of resources and isn’t limited to only saying yes to our practical needs. He can, from the well of his endless abundance, say yes to our practical needs as well as our cake and ice cream requests. If he needs to, he’ll say no. But why not ask? God is good and he is in a good mood. He loves his kids like crazy and his wealth is endless.
For more ways to grow your faith in boldly asking for audacious requests of our good Father, allow me to recommend “Praying for Your Elephant” by Adam Stadtmiller and “Fearless Prayer” by Craig Hazen.
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