By Amy Groeschel
So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Luke 11:9
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. John 15:7
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us … Ephesians 3:20
When LifeChurch was a brand new church plant, the church owned nothing. We needed a place to meet, chairs, a pulpit (the choir stand was a great start), a worship leader, an office with amenities like a telephone. You name it; we needed it!
We prayed specifically for each and every need to be met without fail or tardiness, and God was meticulously faithful. What a faith-booming journey it was!
When our transitional home ministry, Branch15, was just getting started, I needed a team! For starters, I was looking for a house director to oversee the daily management of the home and its team. We also needed a live-in resident supervisor. And I was in a time crunch because I already had two women in need waiting to move in!
So I prayed two very specific prayers:
- Father, please bring our director by the end of this week.
- Father, please bring our supervisor by the end of next week.
It’s amazing how my listening/alertness factor goes way up when I communicate with this kind of precision.
He immediately placed a lady’s name on my heart to call about a position, but it took me several days before I actually called. When I told her what was up, she replied, “This has been a desire in my heart for many, many years.”
Boom. We had a house director within the week.
And God brought our supervisor within my time request as well!
I’ve learned that the more specific I am in prayer, the more keenly aware I am of God’s provision.
Last summer, Makayla, one of my daughter’s former roommates and I had a nice chat and I found out that she needed a car. I asked her how much she wanted to spend and when would she like to have it? But wait, why don’t we just ask our Father right now for a free car…by next week?
By the following week I had totally forgotten about our prayer requests—but God didn’t! I walked in their rental home and cluelessly asked, “Whose van is parked in the driveway?” Yes. God had shown Himself able to hear and respond to our requests, again!
Now, does God always respond in this way? Of course not. But I want to give Him the opportunity if He so chooses to build my faith in this way by being very specific!
I could tell you many more stories and maybe I will at another time, but I think my point would become redundant. ☺
Do you want to have an amazing, joy-filled, and faith-building experience? Start asking God for exactly what you need.
- Do you need a better marriage? What specific encouragement or change are you asking God to give you?
- Are you in financial need? What can you specially ask God to reveal to you or ask Him to provide?
- Are you lonely, sick, depressed, or fearful? Ask God to show you exactly what to do. Then do it. Keep asking. Keep trusting and obeying.
When you are specific with God, He has the fantastic opportunity to prove to you just how highly detailed and all-powerful He is.
Now go ahead and get specific!
You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. James 4:2,3
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24