Be Specific

BE SPECIFIC – In all things be specific! Especially with God.

Even though I have gotten much better at it I still often catch myself praying in generalities. Such as……

“For Strength” – Well, what kind? Physical, emotional, spiritual?

“For Wisdom” – Well, what kind? To fix the lawn mower, the plumbing?

“Thank you for my blessings” – Well, which ones? Healthy kids, food in the fridge, constant grace and forgiveness? (talk about a long list)

I picture God often 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? 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…….. what do you want??

So, I ask. “Tell me what want to eat”? They may not get pop tarts but I will most certainly address their hunger. Additionally, I often know they are hungry before they even ask simply by the way they are acting. They are mine and I know them well. Just like God knows me, times like infinity.

However, if they stop and ask me for something specific, “Daddy, I’m hungry, can I have a PB&J”?………then they stand a far better chance of receiving not just what they need (something to eat) but what they actually want as well (PB&J).

So, here is the writer downer. First and foremost, before you ask, give thanks. Thank God clearly and specifically 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. Give thanks! Then ask God clearly and specifically for what you need and even want in your life.

God can provide anything. He owns everything. He loves us completely and individually. What a great combination.

Be specific in your thanks. Be specific in your ask. Thank BIG. Ask BIG.

Get in the boat. Do your part.

1:6 / Nose to Toes / #16