How big are you asking?
Some years ago when my eldest son Jeremiah was quite small, I wrote to United Airlines to ask if there was any chance he could visit the cockpit of their 747 jumbo we were travelling on in a couple of months time.
We had been through a cancer journey with Jeremiah, who was diagnosed at age 4, and we were off to enjoy a family holiday to America. This was one of those letters you write where you don't even expect a response, much less to hear back from the airline.
Fast forward a few weeks and I had heard nothing, so expected that either my letter had not been received or the request had been denied. So imagine my surprise when we get to the check in counter at Sydney airport to find out that not only had the request been received, but it was approved!
The airline's staff told us to wait close by and listen for our names to be called. At that point they would take Jeremiah into the cockpit prior to take off, which is exactly what happened. One of my most treasured photos is of my son sitting alongside one of the 747 pilots in the cockpit of this massive plane. Secretly, I wish it was me, but that's another blog altogether.
So what is the point of all that? Well it's simply for you to consider one thing - how big are you asking? What things have you not asked for simply because you thought they were too big or too difficult? What dreams have you given up on because you didn't think they were possible?
It would have been very easy for me to not even write to United Airlines and ask them about visiting the cockpit. There were plenty of reasons for them to say no: airline security is tight, concern about terrorism or other compromise of the aircraft, are just some that come to mind.
But I didn't let those factors prevent me from asking. The worst that could have happened is they said no, and we would have been in the same position as we were before I wrote the letter. It is 100% true that they would not have taken us to see the cockpit if we didn't ask, so there was nothing to really lose.
The same is true when we are asking things of our heavenly Father. God loves you and the bible makes it clear that He wants to give you the desires of your heart (see Psalm 37). But when you are asking, when you are praying about the things you desire, please don't put a cap on what you think He wants to give you.
In Luke 11:9-11 NIV, Jesus instructs us to “Ask and it will be given to you;seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened."
So next time you go to pray, remind yourself to ask big, believe even bigger, and the "big man in the sky" may very well surprise you with an unexpected yes to your request.