“Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.” Psalms 5:3 NLT
Two Sundays ago I started a 2 part series entitled, “The Big Ask!”Asking our BIG God for BIG things allows Him to show Himself BIG to the world!
At the beginning of the message I quickly shared 3 roadblocks that can hinder you from asking. I have received a lot of feedback on how helpful these were, so I thought I would hit them again in 3 posts.
ROADBLOCK #1 – DISAPPOINTMENT
Not seeing something coming to pass that you are intensely praying about can be incredibly discouraging. Discouraging to the point where you just stop asking. I’ve been there. But the only thing that happens is everything stops happening. There is no spiritual movement. And your bad attitude makes everything worse. I’m sure I don’t need to ask if this has ever happened to you before.
So, what can you do?
- Keep asking!
I know you probably HATE that I just said that, but it’s exactly what you need to do.
Do you remember the guy who went to his friend’s house to ask for some bread for another friend? (Luke 11: 5-8) There is one thing he did NOT do – he did not QUIT. He asked UNTIL He got what he came for. This is PERSISTENCE.
This is the same thing Elijah did in 1 Kings 18–he exercised P.U.S.H. Pray Until Something Happens! (Listen to last Sunday’s message THE BIG ASK PT. 2)
Luke supports this truth when he writes, “One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should ALWAYS pray and NEVER GIVE UP!” Luke 18:1
Will everything you pray for come to pass? No. But, NOTHING will come to pass if you stop praying. You need some WINS and the only way you will get them is if keep praying. Don’t quit!
But what if it’s over? What about those things you prayed for that never happened?
2. Look for the next thing to pray about.
Get up to the plate again and just keep swinging.
We prayed for my dad to be healed from cancer – and I mean we REALLY prayed – and he died. So, what did I do? After I fought through the disappointment, I decided the devil was going to pay, and I started praying even more intensely for others.
Since that time MANY people have been healed. Now, what if I had given up and thrown in the towel? I believe there would have been a LOT of people who would have missed out on the goodness of God because of my attitude.
3. Look deeper.
You don’t always know why a miracle didn’t happen, but this is where your faith is truly tested. Are you still going to trust in God’s goodness? As you pass this test, I believe you are going to find some truly wonderful things happening – on the inside, deep down – which, in the long run, will be of much greater value to you than what you were originally believing for.
Things like; peace that passes your understanding, contentment, a kinder, sweeter disposition rather than anger and resentment, a more sensitive ear to the voice of God, a deeper compassion for others, and, believe it or not, a deeper faith.
I was profoundly moved last Sunday as I spoke with a woman from my congregation named, Marcia. Marcia is battling blood and bone cancer. She was given two years to live, and it’s now been eight. Over the first couple of years she was in a very bad place. She would tell me that she felt like she had no purpose, only pain. I couldn’t blame her. I doubt I would have been doing any better.
But last Sunday I saw a completely different person. She was filled with faith and purpose! She was talking about the goodness of God and how He can do, “above and beyond all we can ask or even think!” (Ephesians 3:20). As we prayed, she began asking God for miracles for others in the congregation who have desperate needs!
I spoke to her on the phone before I wrote this, asking for her permission to share. She said yes–if it helps others, because her only mission in this life is to know God and to serve others. Sounds a lot like Jesus, doesn’t it?
I encourage you to move past the disappointment, ask God for NEW BIG things, and know that in the process, deep down, you are becoming more like Christ.