In my old life as a sales trainer, the final day of class was full of motivation and encouragement. I would share with trainees how the average person buys something not the first or second or third time you ask them, but the fifth time! We’d talk about how if you don’t ask for the order, you usually don’t get it.
Last night I was meeting with my band of brothers and the topic of asking God came up. Recalling a past mission trip to Albania, a couple of us were struck at how often we were tempted to jump ahead with our plans. We’d pray about a date for the trip and hear a date. Then we’d be off on our merry way, running with all the plans and ideas our heads could think up. And then a few weeks or a few minutes later, someone would remember (or be prompted to remember) – and we’d go back and ask. “What’s next? What’s the next step, Lord?” And sometimes we’d hear something right away. Sometimes we wouldn’t. Sometimes we’d realize we were asking the wrong question. Then we’d ask, “What is the next question we should be asking?”
And the crazy thing about that system – it worked! All four trips to Albania were anointed – planned and executed alongside the Holy Spirit. I was struck this morning with just how often I forget that God wants me to ask Him. Not just once. All the time. That what He really desires is the relationship with me that comes from continually asking Him what’s next, constantly depending on Him to light my path.
Matthew 7:7-8 (NIV) “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.”
A few days ago, it occurred to me that in all the time I spend praying about Unbound, I tend to ask a lot about direction, about next steps, about who to call next. But I often forget to ask for what I really want – God to pour out His blessings on Unbound. So I asked for just that last Sunday night.
And the crazy part is – it worked! As I’m writing this on Wednesday, I’ve heard back from three different cold calls that I’ve been pursuing for month, booked a meeting Friday with a guy who networks a big group of local pastors, and scheduled two meetings with pastors of very large churches. Not to mention, the book has been officially available for two months and we’ve sold 250 copies. Praise God!
So what’s next for you? What is the question that you are seeking God about? What are you inquiring of him? What are the deep desires of your heart? Do you ever hesitate to ask Him for those? Why do you hesitate?
What are you going to ask Him for today?