Before I left my previous job, I came up with a checklist of what I’d my next job should be. In that list, I mentioned the ideal location, type of company, field/industry, schedules, and salary. Since the time I settled the fact with myself that I’d leave my previous job, I was presenting this list to God everyday whenever I pray.
When I was in elementary, I remember one of our teachers telling us during our Christian Living class that we should be specific when pray so that God would know right away what to give us.
Growing up, I only prayed when I need something. One of the clearest memory I have wherein I put this “principle” into practice was towards the end of 2011 – when I was desperate to have a job by January 2012.
(I think when adulthood drives us to desperation, we cling onto the things we used to believe in and learned as a child.)
However, when I read The Fourth Dimension by Dr. David Yonggi Cho recently, I realized that what we were told before wasn’t just some “made-up story” to make us pray. It was apparently the real deal.
(That school really did so much in my life. I can never thank them enough.)
On the morning of March 9th, I was praying to God for the job interview I have that afternoon
(the story behind this will be told in another post). I asked Him to share His wisdom to me, to guide me in answering the employer’s questions, to let me know if this is already the job He had prepared for me to get into next.
Then my mind suddenly thought what if they don’t offer good salary and benefits. So, I started praying for them right away. I prayed that they would offer a competitive salary, good benefits, etc. and I suddenly felt embarrassed because I felt that I was asking for too much, that I was being too demanding. I was so guilty, so I apologized.
This was probably the first time I felt embarrassed for asking a lot of things from God. I remember how shameless I was in the past whenever I pray. I did ask God to help me and my friends to secure a good spot at the JYJ open concert back in 2014! Like I said, shameless.
After praying, I opened my Bible (I was starting the Book of Psalms that day) and what He told me through the pages of His book blew me away. He didn’t tell me, “It’s okay, I understand.” Instead, He was saying, “What’s the matter with you? What you’re asking me right now are nothing. I can give you more than that if you just ask me.”
God never set a limit on our prayers.
He will never tell us that we’re asking for too much. He doesn’t tell us that we could only ask for things that come in a specific shape, size, or quantity. He doesn’t list and count the things we ask from Him. He will not stop us from asking Him for anything just because we have already asked 10,000 things from Him yesterday or last month.
God wants us to pray BIG prayers.
He wants us to dare Him to do the impossible. He wants us to give Him a room wherein He could perform His miracles. After all, God is capable of giving us unbelievable and unimaginable promises. If He can fulfill them all, then He can surely answer our measly prayers.
God just wants to astound us, but He wants us to let Him.
“I will proclaim the Lord’s decree:
He said to me, ‘You are my son, today I have become your father.
Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance,
the ends of the earth your possession.”