August 6, 2012 Leave a comment
One day I texted my wife and asked her if she could have ANY candy what would it be. The key word was ANY. What she didn’t know was where I was at. She thought I was at Wal-Mart or a Quick Mart so she asked for a candy bar. I knew if she could have anything, she would have asked for a type of candy that can only be found in a specialty candy store.
I was in a candy store and when I said any I meant ANY! She wasn’t thinking specific enough. She was thinking too general.
How often do we treat God like this? We ask for small things we typically can get in a general situation. We ask for…
- a blessing in the day
- peace from our troubles
- a good day at work
- safety in our travels
- for us to see him in our day
- give us favor in our day
I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with these type prayers. I’d say they’re the Quick Mart candy bars of prayers.
I want to challenge you this week to get specific. John 14:13 says “whatever” you ask in my name, I will do it. Whatever comes from the specialty store only God can provide. Because the Quick Marts carry the general products everybody buys, the specialty candy stores carry the a wide variety and you can get your needs met there.
What if we started getting specific about our prayers. I have specific prayers. I’m sure you do too. I’m committing this week to being more specific in asking God. I’m thinking on a grander scale meaning I’m praying more direct rather than being general with my requests. I’m asking with more specificity. I’m asking for those things only God can provide.