Following Jesus means asking for things. Lots of things. The more requests the better. I think it is better to ask for 100 requests and get 20 answered than three requests and get one answered.
Jesus said: “Ask and it will be given to you.” No fine print. Jesus adds for emphasis: “Seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.” – Matthew 7:7-8 (NASB)
The Passion Translations adds a little passion: “Ask, and the gift is yours. Seek, and you’ll discover. Knock and the door will be opened for you. Every persistent one will get what he asks for.”
Below is Pastor Grant’s abundance-theory-of-asking-specifically-prayer-formula.
If I can’t figure out which prayer to ask – I ask them all. God doesn’t mind me asking for everything. He has time to listen to all my prayer requests.
The problem is not God listening or being bothered by all my asking, the problem is that I get too busy to be a nuisance and keep asking.
Following the Pastor Grant abundant-prayer theory: If I get 20 answers for every 100 asks, and I ask for only one prayer request a day, then I get only 20 prayers answered every 100 days.
For many Christians that would be amazing.
Is getting an answered prayer every now and then okay? Consider: The God of the universe, unlimited resources, unlimited power, unlimited love, and unlimited favor toward you. Paul writes in Romans 8 that we are sons and daughters of God.
Having only one answer or two that you can remember right now seems discordant.
With faith, you need to believe scripture and not your experience. Yes, scripture gives some fine print on why prayers aren’t answered. James writes: “You ask and do not receive because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.” (James 4:3) However, James 4:2 says: “You do not have because you do not ask.” James doesn’t say don’t ask because you may have bad motives, he just gives “bad motives” as a reason why some of your 100 prayers aren’t answered.
God wants to align with your prayers. In heaven, where faith becomes sight, we will see that the greatest victories on earth were won by prayer. We are turning the beginning pages of the most tumultuous time in history.
The pages of the last chapter of history.
End time harvest, end time revival, your end time 401k, our daughters and sons, business success, health, healing, peace, love, abundance – all have to do with your prayers. Your life and our future are too important to depend on the prayers of others.
Please ask your 100 prayers. Learn to pray like Jesus.
I challenge you to write on a sheet of paper 100 requests. Take a week or two if you need it. When one of the “ask”’ is answered, write the date of the answer next to the request. I guarantee (by God’s promises in the Bible) that by the end of the year you will have at least 20 recorded answered prayers.
Wow, soon you will be praying like Elijah. As James says”: “Elijah was a man just like you – no difference. He prayed that it would not rain, and it didn’t for three years and six months. Then Elijah prayed again, and the sky poured rain. The effective prayer of a righteous follower of Jesus will bring peace, power, and provision in the last days.” – James 4:16-17 (OGV)
Because of 2020, 2021 will not be the same as 2019. One of the differences is that you will have dozens of prayers answered in 2021, whereas you can hardly remember any answers from 2019.