You Get What You Ask For

God can make things happen that you could never make happen. He’s already in your tomorrow making it ready for you, but are you asking big?

He’s already lined up the right people, the breaks you need, and doors to open that you could never have opened on your own. My question is, are you asking BIG or are you letting your circumstances—how you were raised or what somebody said—talk you out of it?

If you go through life praying only “barely getting by” prayers, you will never experience the fullness of your purpose.

When you remember that the God who breathed life into you, the God who called you, set you apart, and crowned you with favor, is a more-than-enough God, an abundant God, and an overflowing God, you’ll have a boldness to ask for big things.

These are powerful thoughts that will change how you live. You won’t ask to just manage the addiction, but to be free from the addiction. You won’t ask to just pay your bills, but to be totally out of debt, so you can be a blessing to others. You won’t ask to just see your child get back on the right course, but that God will use your child to make their mark on their generation.

You ask, and do not receive, because you ask amiss…
James 4:3 (MEV)

That word, amiss, in the original language means “sick, weak, miserable.” When we ask to get by, to endure, to barely make it, that’s a weak prayer. That’s asking amiss.

God is saying, “I created the whole universe. I own it all. Don’t come to Me with a sick prayer, a weak prayer, asking Me to help you live in mediocrity, endure the trouble, and survive another moment.”

God is saying, “When you come to Me, ask BIG, knowing that I’m a God of more than enough. Ask Me to show Myself strong on your behalf! Ask Me to heal you from that disease. Ask Me to restore that relationship!”

When you ask BIG, God calls that a healthy prayer. That’s when He says to the angels, “Go to work. Release My favor. Loose those chains. Open up new doors.”

You may say, “Well, Jonathan, I’m a humble guy, I’m just praying that I’ll make it through these tough times. I’m just hanging in.” May I say this respectfully? That’s a sick prayer. That prayer has the flu!

Psalms 2 is the perfect verse to amplify God’s heart regarding this.

Let me tell you what GOD said next. He said, “You’re my son, And today is your birthday. What do you want? Name it: Nations as a present? continents as a prize? You can command them all to dance for you.
Psalm 2:7-9 MSG

  • Notice how BIG God thinks. We’re praying for a $2.50 an-hour raise; God’s talking about giving you nations.

  • We’re praying for a promotion; God’s got a business for you to own.

  • We’re praying to pay our bills; God’s planning on blessing you so you can pay other people’s bills.

  • We’re looking for five loaves and two fish; God’s wanting to give us twelve basketfuls of leftovers.

What does that mean, “Today is your birthday”? On your birthday, more than at any other time, you feel entitled to ask for something out of the ordinary. Normally, you don’t want anybody to go out of the way for you, but on your birthday, you think, “Okay, I’m going to ask for that new outfit or for that set of golf clubs.” Over time, as we get older, our enthusiasm may go down a little, but think back to when you were a child. You knew that was your special day. You had the boldness to ask for what you really wanted.

Not too long ago, a little boy came up to me out in the lobby or the church, pulled on my pant leg with a big smile on his face, so excited, and he said, “It’s my birthday today!” I gave him a big hug and told him, “Happy birthday!”

I went back to greeting people, and he came back and grabbed my leg and said it again: “It’s my birthday today!” I thought, I know, you just told me five seconds ago. We hugged and did it all again as though it was the first time.

After a few minutes he came back again, this time instead of telling me it was his birthday, he looked up and said, “What are you going to get me for my birthday?” The reason he kept coming back is because he felt entitled to a present. He knew it was his special day. Of course, I emptied out whatever I had in my pockets.

God is saying, “When you pray, act as though it’s your birthday. Come to Me with boldness. Ask Me for what you really want. Don’t be shy. Don’t hold back. Tell Me your dreams. Tell Me what you’re believing for. Ask for the secret things I placed in your heart.”

Too often, instead of approaching God as though it’s our birthday, believing that He’ll do something special, we do just the opposite. “Pastor, I can’t ask for what I really want. That wouldn’t be right. That would be greedy. That would be selfish.”

Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
Luke 12:32 (MEV)

Nothing makes God happier than for Him to see you step in to who you were created to be.

Psalm 2 says, “Today is your birthday. What do you want?” Notice, today is always in the present. When you get up tomorrow morning, God is saying, “Today is your birthday.” Two weeks from now, “Today is your birthday.” Seven years from now, “Today is your birthday.” Every morning when you get up, just imagine God saying, “Happy birthday, son.” “Happy birthday, daughter.” Why does He do this? So you’ll have the boldness to ask for things that you wouldn’t normally ask for.

You have a BIG God who is telling you to ask BIG. Go ahead, I double dog dare you!