Are you afraid to ask for big things in prayer? Adam Stadtmiller shares how God responds when we ask for things that only He can deliver.
“More than a dozen times in the New Testament, the idea of ‘Pray for whatever you want in My name and I’ll do it’ is mentioned. I was intrigued when God started answering [my] radical prayers. I felt like God said, ‘Your prayers aren’t big enough. Pray bigger.’ It’s meeting Jesus in His audacity.”
Adam says that praying is not:
• Manipulating God
• A checklist
• Purely a duty
Adam shares some tips for praying:
• Pray big. Pray bold. “He’ll let you know if you’re praying in the wrong direction – but too often we’re editing ourselves out of the grandeur of God’s responses.”
• Know that you’re coming to your heavenly Father. Adam points again to the Father’s heart that Jesus describes – He delights in giving us good things, and if we don’t get what we’re praying for, we will receive something better.
• Remember that our hope is in the God of heaven and not in what He gives us.
• All answered prayers are grace.
• Know that there are no experts in prayer. “The key isn’t knowing what to pray for, but going before God as a child. It’s not expertise, but experience.”
“Open up the fire hose of prayer. Pray bigger, and believe. I’m gonna pray, and God can edit and distribute my prayers – I’m going to create my prayers, and if I have a selfish motive, I know He’s loving enough to let me know and show me.”