Jeremy Jernigan – Executive Pastor of Creative Arts
This weekend we concluded our Miracles sub-series within Luke with the miraculous healing of the blind beggar in Luke 18:35-43. We’ve been studying miraculous healings during this entire series, so if you read this passage carefully, you may pick up something that stands out from the other miracles. Did you catch it? Before healing the blind beggar, Jesus asked him what he wanted.
What does that mean for us? First, we can deduce from this scripture as well as 1 John 5:14-15 and Matthew 7:7-8 that God wants us to ask for what we need! This doesn’t mean assuming that God will grant your unsaid requests; it means actively making requests to Him.
Second, God wants us to make audacious requests. The Bible is full of men who make seemingly impossible requests, so what’s stopping us from asking too? When we ask God for little things that we are ourselves capable of, it’s insulting to Him. Instead, I would challenge you to make requests that are worthy of the powerful God that we serve, and anticipate that He will pull through for us.
Verses and quotes used in the message:
Isaiah 29:18; Luke 4:18-21; Mark 10:49-50
“…the prayers of these people are not abnormal. They are not the exception. At least they were never meant to be. The tragedy of our time is that we have taken what was meant to be ordinary and made it exceptional. The only difference between you and me and these juggernauts is that they had the audacity to pray prayers that lived up to God’s character, God’s heart, God’s resources, God’s will, and God’s abilities.” Steve Furtick
“What is the use of praying if at the very moment of prayer, we have so little confidence in God that we are busy planning our own kind of answer to our prayer?” —Thomas Merton, Catholic writer and mystic
The size of your ask reveals the size of your God. Do you serve a big God?