The other day, I was listening to a wonderful teaching on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit by my co-worker Janae. She was talking about how we need to ask for “the more of God.”
She is right! I think we often settle for less than the abundance that the Lord has in store for us. Salvation is awesome, but there is so much more that He wants us to receive from Him. He wants to heal us. He wants to set us free. He wants to be in relationship with us. And He wants us to walk in power…His power!
Canon Jim Holbeck says it this way, “We pray for peanuts, but God wants to give us the plantation.”
I will never forget sitting up in one of the Prayer Rooms of the Glennon House with a Prayer Minister. I was struggling with a lot of strange physical issues. She asked me if I was praying about the problems. My response to her was that I had tons of people praying for me. She was silent for a moment. That’s when I realized that I hadn’t answered her question.
While I had tons of people praying for me, I realized that I wasn’t praying for myself. She then told me to ask God, out loud, to heal me of everything that came to mind. Not just one thing, but everything. At first I stumbled through the list, but then the words started pouring out of my mouth. I’m not sure how long I went on praying like that – it seemed like forever. When I fell silent, she asked me if there was anything more I wanted to ask the Lord to heal.
I sat there for a moment. Then I realized that there was one more thing that I needed to ask. I felt kind of guilty for asking for more than what had I already asked, but I asked it anyways. Afterwards, I sat there exhausted wondering if anything was going to happen.
Nothing did. Not that day. Not the next day. Or the next…
On the seventh day, I was completely healed. The “one more thing,” I had asked for in prayer was healed! In fact, it was the first physical issue that was healed even though it was my last request. I was amazed because I wasn’t even going to ask the Lord to heal me of that issue. I was of the mindset that I’d settle for “the less” healings instead of asking for “the more” healings.
That wasn’t God’s healing plan for my life. He wanted me to ask for the more – more healing, more freedom, more of a relationship with Him, and more of His power at work in my life. I wondered, ‘Why had I been willing to settle for the less?’ I’m not sure, but the Lord showed me through that healing that He wants me to ask for the more. His desire is for me to pray for the plantation, not just the peanuts!
I don’t know about you, but I want to receive all that the Lord desires to give me. I want the more of God!
The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows]. John 10:10 AMP