Just Ask.

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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

6 thoughts on “Just Ask.

  1. Donna says:

    Praying boldly and specifically is a great faith booster. My sister had intractable pain. The night before her birthday, I asked God to remove her pain for her birthday. She sent me a text the next morning saying, “I got the best birthday present this morning-no pain!” She didn’t know I prayed that prayer. Her pain returned that evening. He did go on to heal her, but it took awhile longer.

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  2. Debbie Johns says:

    This is so true Amy. I have seen it in many lives I have touched. Unfortunately I tend not to ask for myself yet I still drive a 24 year old car. Scares me every time I get in it to go some where to help some one else, not to mention our vanity. I just pray that God will keep me safe, I suppose I could ask for a newer car. I have been humble long enough Lord so I ask that you all keep your eyes on the gifts that we deserve. As women we are so busy thinking of every one else.

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  3. kdstratton says:

    This is great!!! I needed this for sure. God answers ALL request in one way or another. Just last week my 8 month old started sleeping through the night. We’ve struggled with her sleeping from day one. I never thought “oh just pray about it”. I thought it was silly and to small for me to pray about. Well, I started just praying for her to sleep all night and wake healthy and whole. Not a day later she slept ALL NIGHT! I know this is a small issue but it just shows God is truly into answering any prayer than you throw at him 🙂 Thanks for the great read!

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  4. Paula owings says:

    What a wonderful message I know I will be changing the way I pray. You are Blessed and help all the sisters to have a closer walk with our Lord

    Thank you. Paula

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