Ephesians 3:30 He is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.
This is something I’ve had a such hard time wrapping my head around lately, but He keeps bringing me back to it. I just have a hard time 1. asking God for things (like hasn’t He already done enough for me?) and 2. believing that He will do them for me (like why would I deserve such a grand gesture?). There is so much in scripture I’ve uncovered in the last 3-4 months that has redefined faith for me and changed the way that I pray. It has even changed the way that I wait. These two truths are the common thread that runs through all the scriptures:
- We cannot be afraid to ask. In a podcast called Asking For A Friend by Chad Veach (btw every single one of his podcast’s are great), he calls it “making the big ask,” understanding that He actually delights to DO for us. Not only WILL He; He actually WANTS to. And there is no limit to what He can do.
Mark 11:24 Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe you will receive it, and it will be yours.
Matthew 7:7 Ask and it will be given to you (10 how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him).
John 14:13-14 I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. If you ask anything in my name, I will do it.
Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God.
- We have to understand what faith really is.
Hebrews 11:1 Faith is being sure of what we hope for.
Faith is not crossing your fingers and hoping for the best. Faith is waiting in expectancy. It’s letting your “Amen” be an “It is.” It’s believing it is already yours, because God cannot move where there is not faith.
Mark 9:29 This cannot be driven out by anything but prayer
Mark 10:27 With man this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible.
James 1:6 When you ask, you must believe and not doubt.
Romans 4:20-21 He did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised.
Matthew 15:28 Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.
Matthew 21:21-22 If you have faith and do not doubt, you can say to this mountain, “Go throw yourself into the sea,” and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.