In all things be specific! Especially with God.
Even though I have gotten much better at this I still often catch myself praying in generalities. Such as……
“For Strength” – Well, what kind of strength? Physical, emotional, spiritual?
“For Wisdom” – Well, what kind of wisdom? To fix the lawn mower, the plumbing?
“Thank you for my Blessings” – Well, which blessings? Healthy kids, food in the fridge, constant grace and forgiveness? (talk about a long list)
I often picture God looking at me like I look at my own children when one of the Hale boys states generically, “I’m hungry”. Well, what do you want to eat? You’ve been living here your whole life. You know what we generally have and I know what you generally want but for the sake of time and clarity and because I love you and want you to be happy…….. tell me what you want!
I may not provide pop tarts every time they are asked for but I will most certainly address my children’s hunger. However, when I am asked for something specific, “Daddy, I’m hungry, can I have a PB&J”?………then there is a far better chance of receiving not just what is needed (something to eat) but what is actually wanted as well (PB&J).
I’ll even throw in a glass of milk whether I am asked for it or not simply because I know it will be needed. I know this because they are mine and I know them well. Just like I am God’s and he knows me well.
So, for the sake of clarity, here is the writer downer. Before you ask The God of The Universe for anything, clearly and specifically, give thanks for the blessings you have received. Yes, running water, a roof over your head, clean clothes and air conditioning are a great place to start. Be specific! Then clearly and specifically ask God for what you need and even want in your life with the faith that you will receive it.
God can provide anything because He owns everything. He loves us completely and He loves us individually. What a great combination.
Specific in your thanks. Specific in your ask. Thank BIG. Ask BIG.
Get in the boat. Do your part.
Shane / #16