Be Specific!

One day I texted my wife and asked her if she could have ANY candy what would it be. The key word was ANY. What she didn’t know was where I was at. She thought I was at Wal-Mart or a Quick Mart so she asked for a candy bar. I knew if she could have anything, she would have asked for a type of candy that can only be found in a specialty candy store.

I was in a candy store and when I said any I meant ANY! She wasn’t thinking specific enough. She was thinking too general.

How often do we treat God like this? We ask for small things we typically can get in a general situation. We ask for…

  • a blessing in the day
  • peace from our troubles
  • a good day at work
  • safety in our travels
  • for us to see him in our day
  • give us favor in our day

I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with these type prayers. I’d say they’re the Quick Mart candy bars of prayers.

I want to challenge you this week to get specific. John 14:13 says “whatever” you ask in my name, I will do it. Whatever comes from the specialty store only God can provide. Because the Quick Marts carry the general products everybody buys, the specialty candy stores carry the a wide variety and you can get your needs met there.

What if we started getting specific about our prayers. I have specific prayers. I’m sure you do too. I’m committing this week to being more specific in asking God. I’m thinking on a grander scale meaning I’m praying more direct rather than being general with my requests. I’m asking with more specificity. I’m asking for those things only God can provide.

Join me?


About Kevin Riner
child of grace, worshiper of Jesus, husband, father, Pastor of Village Church, author of Faith Debugged

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