I have six kids...and sometimes I get VERY irritated with them requesting more. I want to see some gratitude for what already is...
God does not. God not only likes us to ask for more, He tells us to ask for more!! Incredible! "Ask and keep on asking, and it will be given to you..." (Matthew 7:7) This is only one of many references to this MORE concept.
What about He wants to do "exceedingly, abundantly, beyond all that we could ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20)? That speaks of MORE than we could pray for and MORE than we could dream of.
In Joshua 15:19, Caleb’s daughter asks for MORE. “She said, ‘Give me another gift. You have already given me land in the Negev; now please give me springs of water, too.’ So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs.”
In this culture, women weren't normally given anything as an inheritance. This daughter, however, had a MORE in her spirit.
She wasn't unthankful, but she knew there was more that was to be hers. She didn't let cultural norms inhibit her; she didn't let what had always been preclude her; she didn't let the fact that she'd already received something hold her back; she didn't let the fear of the unknown minimize her. She A.S.K.E.D.
Whatever position we find ourselves in today, I believe God's heart to each of us is:
1. Will I listen?
Do I sit before the Lord to hear His whisper in my heart concerning the MORE that He has for me?
2. Will I ask?
Do I walk with gratitude in my heart while consistently asking for the MORE that I know is mine?
3. Will I stay positioned?
Do I wait patiently positioned to receive the MORE He's spoken to me about?
Let's be His people who don't settle for what has been-but go courageously for what could be!! Let's challenge ourselves and ask greatly today! His death on the cross that we are celebrating this Easter has already paid for our MORE. Let’s walk in it. Carpe Diem.
I remember when my Son was real young (he's 20 now) how he would ask relentlessly for something he wanted. No fear, no apprehension just constant. I think of our family dog when I was Mr. anti dog. Well we got the dog eventually and I truly love that little toy Australian shepard. Do we do this with God? ask like crazy, God doesn't really mind.
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Shanda Harris is a lover of Jesus, dedicated wife, mother of 6 and the Women's Pastor at Epikos Church in Bend, Oregon.