What is too big for God? What is going on in your life right now that is stressing you out and that you don’t think will ever change?
Or what desire do you have that you don’t think will ever happen? Is it the salvation of a loved one, or a successful career change, or a physical healing, or relational healing, or financial breakthrough, or emotional healing?
In all seriousness, to God, it doesn’t matter what it is, He can do it! But there is one thing He needs you to do – ASK!
A Prophetic Word
In December of last year God spoke to me that this was a season of the Big Ask! Since then we have seen people getting jobs, healing miracles, and relational reconciliation that seemed impossible. Why? Because people who were not asking began asking, and they began asking BIG!
Why wouldn’t you ask big? How big is your God?
That question is answered by the size of your prayers.
Did you know that the Bible is chock full of people asking God for things – BIG things – which God did for them? Requests ranging from life-changing encounters with His Presence to Him wiping out entire armies.
It is not inappropriate to ask God for big things–it is inappropriate not to.
He sacrificed His Son so we could have access to his throne.
Look at this Scripture:
“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32
This is how God set it up.
ONE OF THE BIGGEST ASKS IN THE BIBLE
Nehemiah had no issues with this, and boy did he ask big!
You can read his story in the Book of Nehemiah, but I want to capitalize on just three things that will apply to your Big Ask as well:
- A Burden.
Nehemiah’s home town had been completely destroyed and the enemy was wreaking havoc on his friends and relatives. He was so burdened that he broke down and wept, fasted, and prayed. He prayed day and night for four months.
What is burdening you? What do you feel is beyond hope? What weighs so heavily on you that it keeps you up at night, and would seem like a dream come true if it ever happened? This is where the big ask begins – with a burden – but the next step is just as crucial.
- A Vision
The fact that Nehemiah spent time thinking through what he wanted proves he had great faith! It blows me away because he knew it was a death sentence to speak to the king unless spoken to, and furthermore, to ask Him for something, and yet he prepared a Big Ask!
He BELIEVED God was going to give him an opportunity, and he was going to be ready for it.
And he decided that if he was going to go for it, he was going to go big or go home! Actually, in this case, going big was going home, and that’s exactly what ended up happening.
It is imperative that you are not vague about what you want. Why? Because…
You can’t release your faith for something that you aren’t clear about.
It would be like an archer shooting into the sky just hoping his arrow hits the target. Do you know what you are shooting at?
Hoping and believing are two completely different things.
The two blind men knew what they wanted. Jesus passed by them and asked a seemingly ridiculous question. He said, “What do you want?” Now why would Jesus ask that? Wouldn’t it be obvious to Him? Yes, of course, but He was calling them up out of their defeated, victimized state, and moving them beyond hope to faith, requiring them to ask specifically and boldly for what they wanted. And they did…and they saw. (Matthew 9:27-29)
- The Big Ask
Nehemiah waited for four months for the right moment, and when it came, he didn’t hesitate. I have no doubt he was as nervous as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs, but he squared his shoulders, looked the king in the eyes, and asked for everything on his list – including a house for himself! You gotta love it.
And not only did he get everything he asked for, but he got even more. The king sent captains and horsemen from his own army for his protection. What favor! This was an enemy king financing the restoration of his slave’s capital city!
Now, if you were a slave in that kingdom, I doubt you would have ever imagined God would answer your prayers for deliverance by moving the king to not only let you go, but to finance your departure and restoration. But he did…because someone asked.
Do you know what Scripture this reminds me of?
“Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us.” Ephesians 3:20 Amp
What are you asking God for? Is it a God-sized ask? If not, make it one and see what GOD will do!