Do you remember the last time someone asked too much of God? It hasn’t happened, and it won’t happen. I tell you, our great God is so far above anything we could even imagine.

Dr. Alexander McClaren stated it well,

“You cannot expect or ask more from Him than He has bound to Himself to impart. Your desires can never be outstretched as to go beyond the efficiency of the blood of Jesus Christ. And through the ages of time or eternity, the everlasting covenant remains, to which it shall be our wisdom and our blessedness to widen our hopes, expand our desires, conform our wishes, and adapt our work.”

If we could just understand this, it would change our lives. You see, God the Father cares so much for His children that He will not hold back anything we ask according to His will. Why would He do this? It’s because He loves us and wants the best for us. Our problem is not asking too much of Him, but asking too little. We ask God for hamburger when He wants to give us steak. What a tragedy!

We need to start expecting great things from God. I’m not talking about praying for an oceanfront mansion. Pray about your needs and burdens. Ask Him for an opportunity to invite your next-door neighbor to church. Be specific about what you want from God. He says if we come boldly to His throne, we can expect to find grace when we need it most.

Go ahead and tell Him the desires of your heart. You can’t overdraw His blessings.

The reason why we obtain no more in prayer is because we expect no more. God usually answers us according to our own hearts. — Richard Alleine

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder