Don’t settle for less…
Have you ever had the Lord speak something into your heart that just brought you up short? I mean, He said something that you had never even thought of before?
Well, this recently happened to me. God spoke to me and said, “Richard, you are not asking big enough of Me.”
“What did You say, Lord? What do You mean, ‘I’m not asking big enough of You?’ You’ve never said that to me before.”
I began to ponder what the Lord had spoken, and tears came to my eyes. Partner, I don’t know about you, but I never want to settle for less than all God has for my life. So, I started researching just what the word “big” means.
The dictionary’s definition of “big” is: of considerable size, intensity, quantity, extent or magnitude, of great significance and momentousness. Wow! I suddenly realized that I had been putting limits on God and what I was allowing Him to do, in me and through me.
Think about it… If God spoke to you and said, “Ask Me for whatever you want Me to give you,” what would your request be? If you were assured of God’s YES, what would you ask of Him?
As I continued thinking about how I could expand my faith and to try and think in terms of “asking BIG of God,” the words my dad had once spoken to me came to mind. He said, “Stay little in your own eyes, Son, and obey God. Stay on track with the Bible… Focus your ministry on healing, the Holy Spirit and seed-faith. Dream BIG. Bring the Gospel and God’s healing power to people in need, and command the devil to get out of your way.”
This was my dad’s solemn charge from God for me. I am called of God to carry on the work my father began for the Lord during his time on earth. Through relationship and prayer with my Father God and study of His Word, I know that I know His calling on me and this healing ministry.
So, let me ask you…Where is your focus? What are your dreams? Are you staying on track with what you believe God has purposed for your life? Are you asking BIG enough of God?
Now, I’m not just referring to your needs… but also your wants and desires. Is there some BIG dream that was once in your heart to do, but the circumstances of life caused you to put that dream on the back burner? The Bible says in Psalm 37:4 that if we delight ourselves in Him, He will give us the desires of our heart.
Do you or a loved one need healing in some area…physical, emotional, financial? Is there a family member who needs salvation? Have you always wanted to start your own business, or is there a different career path you’ve always wanted to follow?
Well… I’m saying…and I believe God would say to you also… “Go for it! Put your faith out there and ask Me for that “BIG” something…that thing that you know could never come to pass except for My favor and blessing on it. Don’t be afraid…Have courage and lean on My understanding.”
In 1 Chronicles 4:10, we read that Jabez asked big of God. The scriptures say that Jabez prayed to the God of Israel and said, “Oh, that You would bless me and expand my territory! Please be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all trouble and pain!” And God granted him his request.
Other versions of that same verse say “enlarge my coast” or “enlarge my borders.” In other words, Jabez was asking God to make his sphere of influence wider, to help him to be all he could be for the Lord in every way possible.
I truly believe we are honoring God and His Word when we use our faith and ask BIG of Him. As long as it’s in line with His Word and His will, the sky’s the limit! The Bible says in James 4:2 that we have not, because we ask not.
So, I ask you again to stop and think about it. What would you ask of God if you knew His answer would be yes?
Well, I decided right away what my “BIG” request of God would be…I immediately said, “Lord, I’m asking you for $100 million for the Gospel of Jesus. Only You can bring about this miracle of finances into our ministry. I know that You want us to continue to take the message of Your love and healing to all the world. So I’m asking You for BIG resources to be able to do it!”
Wow! When those words came out of my mouth, I could immediately see what could be accomplished for the sake of the Gospel…I could see the faces of the pastors and leaders in underdeveloped nations of the world having the resources they need to be effective witnesses to their villages and communities…just like those I’ve ministered to recently in West Africa, the Northern Canadian Arctic, and in India.
In fact, just last month after our Greater Works outreach in India, we were told that the more than 700 pastors attending my teaching conference will be reaching 50,000 people through their churches each week! Think about it…God’s miracles of multiplication are awesome! Praise God!
The doors God has opened up to us up to now are incredible, but they may not always be open. So we must work while we can. That’s why I’m working so diligently to get the many sermons and books on my Greater Works tablets translated into more languages and into the hands of more pastors around the world.
And I am so thankful for the financial support of my partners like you! You and I, working together for the Kingdom of God, can make a huge impact, and we can do the greater works Jesus spoke of in John 14:12: “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in Me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.”
Partner, imagine God is saying to you, “What do you want Me to do for YOU?” That’s the same question Jesus asked blind Bartimaeus in Mark chapter 10.
You see, Bartimaeus sat beside the road begging as he had always done. But he must have heard about Jesus, this miracle worker whom he believed could heal him. And when he was told that Jesus was passing by, he began shouting, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more.
Jesus heard him and asked him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” Bartimaeus replied, “Teacher, I want to see.” Jesus said to him, “Go, your faith has healed you.” And immediately Bartimaeus received his sight! Bartimaeus dared to ask BIG of God…dared to stretch out his faith as never before…and Jesus restored his eyesight. Now, friend, that’s BIG!
I can hear you thinking, “Well, that was in Jesus’ day. Does Jesus still heal today, and does He want to heal me?”
YES! Jesus wants you healed and whole in every area of your life…spirit, soul, and body… “Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit” (3 John 2).
We get testimonies almost on a daily basis of God’s healing, favor and restoration. Testimonies like Alberta’s in Canada, who kept calling the Abundant Life Prayer Group for prayer and believing for her daughter’s healing from cancer. And at her next follow-up doctor’s appointment, no trace of the cancer could be found!
And then there is Norma in California. Her son’s spinal cord had become inflamed. He was diagnosed with transverse myelitis, and he was paralyzed from the chest down. He was told he would never walk again. After Norma prayed with the Abundant Life Prayer Group, anointed her son with oil and placed one of my prayer cloths over him, her son began to get sensation back in his legs. He started in therapy and slowly improved. Today, he is well and active… walking again and driving his truck!
I tell you… YOU can ask BIG of God! Nothing is too hard for Him. Think BIG, dream BIG, ask BIG. He is the God who made the universe and everything in it…and He made you in His image. So go ahead…ask God for exactly what you want and need in your life. Ask Him for His help in fully obeying all He has called you to do for Him.
Partner, on your enclosed Prayer and Praise Sheet, I’ve put a special place on it for you to share with me what your BIG thing is that you’re asking of God.
Write your request down and make it plain. Make it something special and something significant… If it’s important to you, it is important to God. I want to stand in faith with you and believe Him with you for your miracle.
Do it today while it’s on your mind. Make it a matter of prayer. Write it down and then start believing for it to come to pass. Begin confessing it, by faith. Start calling in your miracle. God’s Word says we can call those things that are not as though they were (Romans 4:17).
And…when you’ve written your BIG request down, and have it ready to send back to me, I encourage you to include your best gift with it. I know that as you sow your seeds of faith into this healing ministry, God will bless them, multiply them, and return them back to you in the ways you need it most.
As I close this letter, I want you to have this faith declaration to say out loud, every day:
I declare that as I ask BIG of God, He is renewing and restoring me by the power of the
Holy Spirit to become the “best me” possible.
The Lord is working to transform me into the image of Christ, as I renew my mind
according to Romans 12:2.
I am able to hear the voice of God, to trust His Word, and to live in obedience to His will.
My past is forgiven and my future is secure. My best days are just ahead.
Today, in the power of the Holy Spirit, I am asking BIG of God in order to do all the good
works He created me to do.
All this, I decree and declare for God’s kingdom and His glory!
Make this faith declaration each and every day. Believe it. Call it in by your faith, in Jesus’ name.
Now, be sure and respond to this letter just as soon as you can. I want to pray for you and with you, joining my faith with yours for your BIG answer from God.
I’m so very thankful for your partnership and for all your faithful and generous giving unto the Lord through this healing ministry.
I’m looking forward to hearing back from you soon.
Your Partner for a Better Life in Christ,
PS. This is YOUR time! Don’t miss the Holy Spirit’s leading to ask that BIG thing of Him…that miracle that only He can bring about in your life. I’m so excited to hear about what you are setting your faith for. Remember, God hears and He answers when we pray according to His Word and His will (1 John 5:14-15).
The Faith Declaration has been designed on the Prayer Sheet so that you can cut it off and keep it handy. Say it every day…Call it in by faith. Then return the remainder of the prayer sheet to me along with your best gift this month. Let me know your BIG request of God so that I can join my faith with yours and pray in agreement with you.