Asking Big

And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. (Luke 11:9-10)

When Haddon Robinson was president of Denver Theological Seminary, he learned the importance of asking big. The school had a phone system that was like two cans on a string. They desperately needed a new system.

So, Dr. Robinson visited a local businessman, and told him that he needed to raise twenty thousand dollars for the new phone system. They talked for a while about it, and then the businessman asked, "How much would you like me to give?"

Haddon Robinson made a reasonable request: "Well, could you give a thousand dollars?"

The man pulled out his checkbook, wrote a check for a thousand dollars, pushed it across the desk, and then said, "You insulted me."

Dr. Robinson thought, I've offended him. I shouldn't have asked him for money.

But the man said, "You asked me for a thousand dollars, but you needed twenty thousand. Either you felt that I wasn't able to give much money, in which case you underestimated where I am financially, or worse, you thought I had the money but wouldn't give you more, in which case you insulted my generosity. What you need to know is that if a person believes in the cause, you never insult him by asking him to do the big thing. If he can't do the big thing, he can come back and tell you what he can give."

God wants to do so much more than we think to ask Him for.

We pray for crutches; He wants to give us wings.

We pray for streams; He wants to give us rivers.

We pray for hills; He wants to give us mountains.

We pray for a few daffodils; He wants to shower us with roses.

Our God can do big things. He can do great things. He is greater than we could ever imagine. He hears us when we pray and He answers our prayers.

Have a great day and keep moving forward!