“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7) I remember my days of Bible Study Fellowship. During this extensive study of the bible, each session would end with what they call A.S.K., ask, seek and knock. During this portion of class you were given the opportunity to share your most pressing concerns with the group and they would spend the week asking, seeking and knocking on your behalf. Each week we followed this pattern and testimonies rolled in. It was during this time I learned the power of continuously bringing my concerns before God.
Recently, I was reading and I ran across a phrase that said, “Ask God for more.” Now you would think it’s a simple phrase and normally it would be but in that moment God breathed on it. In that split second He challenged me. He asked the question, “What are you asking for?” I paused and thought of my current challenges and rehearsed them before The Lord. His response was, “That’s not enough.” “Ask me for the whole thing not a piece.” It was at that point I realized I had been stuck in a pattern of seeking God in the same way. Something in me had become a minimalist requesting basic level provision. Let me use finances as an example. In the past if I had a tight month, I would pray and ask God to cover my car payment and he would but this time He’s saying ask me to pay the car off. He showed me you have seen me operate from that place, now it’s time to grow and believe me for more.
It was in that moment I began to understand that when you want bigger things dare to ask for them. Now that may sound elementary and may be for some but when you have been battle worn and are hanging on by a thread you somehow only see the necessity for the immediate need to be resolved. And before you know it, this mindset has silently entered and became a lifestyle.
It was at that moment God was awakening me out of my slumber. I had been snatched into real time and was able to see how I couldn’t expect expansion if my mind and declarations were still stuck in yesterday’s provision? I could see where with one breath I was saying, “Lord expand me.” and with another asking for things at the same level. I was unconsciously being double minded. James 1:7-8 says, “That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.” “Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.” I was asking, seeking and knocking but was saying one thing while hoping for another, so God could not answer. It’s the small foxes that destroy the vine and this was definitely a small fox. (Song of Solomon 2:15) I immediately repented and changed my confession.
As we continue to maneuver through this season, I pray the light of the Holy Spirit scans your heart and reveals hidden things that hinder your growth and expansion. I pray, He reveals the desires of His heart for your life and that your dreams and his become one. May clarity come to any cloudy areas and may you enter the next chapter of your life full of faith and peace. Dream big, identify levels you have mastered and believe God for greater things.
Author: Petrina Milan