Years ago, when my daughter celebrated her birthday anniversary, I engaged her in a chat. She said; “Daddy, someone asked me what I wanted for my birthday, and I told her, I want chocolate and ice cream.” I responded; “Daughter, whenever anyone asks you what you want, don’t ask for small things, ask for big things. Don’t ask for what you would eat and forget, ask for what will last.”

Friend, learn to ask for the right things! Ask for big things! Ask for things that would last, not things that are temporal! Ask for things that would impact your tomorrow, not things that would only last for today. Don’t lose your birthright for a mere plate of porridge (Genesis 25:30-34). Maturity is knowing what to ask per time.

Sometimes, asking for too little can make God to delay the answer to your prayers (James 4:3). He wants you to ask in line with His purpose and plan for your life. God wants you to ask commensurate with His ability, not your limitation. He wants you to ask for things that would align you properly with His eternal counsels and design (1 Samuel 1:11).

Asking God correctly is so important that the scripture actually helped us to define the scope of what we should ask for in Psalms 2:8; “Ask of me, and i will give you the nations..” God wants to inspire your prayers and requests. God wants you to ask for BIG things!

Why would you be asking for a job when God plans to make you an employer of labour? Why would you be asking for bread when God plans to give you a bakery? The answer to the prayer for bread is already met in the provision of a bakery. Can your request be so big, purposeful and kingdom-focused that God would use it to meet other people’s needs?

Ask for big things. Make big, bold and audacious moves. Stop asking for small things. Stop reducing the size of your vision to the size of your pocket or the economy of your nation. You serve a God who is the El-Shaddai; He’s more than able (Ephesians 3:20). He is the owner of the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalms 50:10). What will you dare to ask if you know that it is available in God? Go right away and ask!

© ‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria