A few days ago, I took my son, Ethan to McDonald’s for breakfast. This is one of our favorite things to do together because it’s just us, no distractions, no phone calls, just us.
Every time we go, he get’s the same thing: an order of hotcakes with two syrups and one white milk.
Well, I’m not sure what prompted me, but I ordered him his hotcakes with two syrups, but this time, I ordered him two white milks.
When I came to our seat with his food, he looked at me and asked, “Dad, why would you give me two milks?”
It took me a second but I said, “Well, I know that you like milk and typically are still thirsty after you finish eating, but you never ask for more. It’s okay to ask for more.”
It wasn’t until I dropped him off at school that I began thinking back to our conversation, and honestly, became convicted.
I was reminded of where James wrote:
I began to question why I wasn’t asking for things.
And by things, I’m not talking about cars, money, prestige, etc…
I began to question why I wasn’t asking for God to reach my family members who don’t know Him.
I began to question why I wasn’t asking God to help me to be a better husband and dad.
I began to question why wasn’t I wasn’t praying for more boldness so that I can share His love, grace, and mercy with others more courageously.
After my time of questioning, it was as if the Holy Spirit whispered softly to my heart by saying, “Don’t be afraid to ask for more. It’s okay to ask for more.”
The same conversation that I had with my son, God had with me.
God was reassuring me that not only was it okay to ask for more, but that I needed to ask Him for more.
It is okay to ask for more of His presence in my life.
It is okay to ask for Him to reach my family members who don’t know Him.
It is okay to ask for Him to move more freely in our church.
It is okay to ask Him to help me lead my family more effectively.
It is okay to ask Him for more boldness in sharing about Him.
It is simply okay to ask for more.
I’m not sure if you can relate to this or not, but if you can, if you’ve been hesitant in asking God for more, I want to encourage you to start doing so.
Again, I’m not talking about selfishly asking Him for more “stuff” in your life, because, well, that’s just wrong.
I’m talking about asking Him for more of what He wants.
Because when we start asking for more of what He wants, not only will He answer with more, but He wants to answer with more.
More of Him.