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God bless you. It's a joy to come into your home from your every in our area. Please stop by and be a part of one of our services. I promise you will make you feel right at home. But thanks so much for tuning in and thank you again for coming out today. I'd like to start with something funny. And I heard about this old country farmer. He was taking his nephew camping for the first time. His nephew had five degrees, was one of the smartest men alive, and they set up their tent and quickly fell asleep.
In the middle of the night, the farmer woke up. His nephew said, look up. What do you see? If you said, I see millions of stars, farmers said, I know that, but what does it tell you? He said astronomically. It tells me there are billions of galaxies meteorologically. It tells me it's going to be a beautiful day theologically. It tells me God is a great creator. What does it tell you? The old farmer shook his head, said it tells me somebody stole our tent.
Hold up your Bible, say it like you mean it. This is my Bible, I am what it says I am. I have what it says I have. I can do what it says I can do today. I will be taught the word of God. I boldly confess. My mind is alert. My heart is receptive. I will never be the same in Jesus name. God bless you. I want to talk to you today about praying God sized prayers.
How you pray will determine what kind of life you live. If you only pray small, ordinary, get by prayers, most likely you will live a small, ordinary get by life. But when you have a boldness to ask God for big things, you ask him to open doors that would normally not open. You ask him to take you further than anyone in your family. When you pray God sized prayers, you will see the greatness of God's power.
And all through the scripture, we see this principal Elijah prayed that it wouldn't rain for three and a half years. There was no rain. Joshua prayed for more daylight. God, stop the sun. One prophet prayed for protection. The enemy's standing right in front of him. Didn't recognize it. God made him invisible. The common denominator is they ask for the unthinkable. When was the last time you asked God to do something impossible, something out of the ordinary?
One reason we don't see God do great things is we only ask for small things. Most people pray over their food, pray for protection, pray for wisdom. That's all good. But it's limiting what God can do. There should be something you're praying about, something that you're asking for that seems far out. You can't accomplish it in your own strength. The phrase I hear in my spirit is dare to ask. Your dreams may look impossible. You don't have the funding, the connections.
God is saying, I dare you to ask me to bring it to pass. I dare you to ask me to show you a flood of my favor out of towns. We pray, God, my child's off course if you'll just turn him around and that's good. But that's an ordinary prayer. Ordinary prayers get ordinary results. God meets us at the level of our faith. If you ask small, you're going to receive small. A God sized prayer is God.
I'm asking you to not only turn my child around, but use him in a great way. Let him make a difference with his life in ordinary prayer is God help me to get by this month. God help me to pay my rent. There's nothing wrong with that. But a God sized prayer is God. I'm asking you to increase me in such a way that I can not only pay my house off, but help pay somebody else's house on an ordinary prayer is God.
Just take me as far as my parents. God help me at least not to lose any ground. But a God sized prayer is God help me to take our family to a new level. Let me set a new standard. When people look back a hundred years from now, God, let them say it was that man, that woman that made a real difference. But I wonder how many of your prayers are not being answered simply because you're not asking.
Well, Joel, God's God, if he wants to bless me, he'll bless me. It says and James, for two you have not because you're asking God if you're not asking big, you are shortchanging yourself. You will never reach the fullness of your potential if you only pray small prayers. And I'm not talking about just making a wish list and praying every wind. I'm talking about asking God for what he's already promised you. The Scripture says when you walk in God's ways, you will lend and not borrow.
With long life, God will satisfy you. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. There are hundreds of promises that you have every right to pray and ask God to bring to pass. Plus, there are specific dreams, desires that God's placed in your heart. They didn't just randomly show up the creator of the universe put them in you. They are a part of your divine destiny. In Psalms. It talks about the secret petitions of our heart, the hidden dreams that you haven't told anybody about.
One way you know they're from God is they're so big you cannot accomplish them on your own. God does this on purpose so that it will take faith. Faith is what pleases God. Faith is what allows him to do the impossible. So God will put something big when you don't have all the talent, the education, the connections, the confidence, God will. And allow certain obstacles that we can't overcome on our own, we can do one or two things, we can think, well, too bad, didn't work out for me.
I don't have the connections or I couldn't get the financing or the medical report doesn't look good. We can talk ourselves out of it or we can say, God, I can't do this in my own strength. But I know you are all powerful. There's no limit to you. So, God, I'm asking you to make a way, even though I don't see a way. This is what David did first. Quantico's 17. God gave him the promise that one of his descendants would always be on the throne.
He would have this lasting dynasty. David could have said, God, I'm just a shepherd boy. I was out tending my father's sheep. I don't have formal training, education, experience. No, David understood this principle.
Even though it looked far out, he didn't dismiss it. He said in verse twenty three, God, do as you have promised. Let one of my descendants always be on the throne. Imagine the nerve David had to ask for something so big. Verse twenty five gives us the key. He said, God, I have been bold enough to pray this prayer because you have spoken it over me. In other words, God, I'm asking you to do something amazing.
Not because I have all the talent education connections, but because you have promised it. Now what God has promised you, the dream he's placed in your heart may look impossible, but if you just dare do like David and say, God, you promised it. Now I'm bold enough to ask you for it. When you do, don't be surprised if thoughts come saying it's never going to happen. You don't have the talent. You come from the wrong family.
You made too many mistakes. The enemy gets stirred up when you start asking God for big things. He'll leave you alone as long as you pray small, ordinary prayers. But when you start praying, God sassed prayers. You start asking God to take you where you've never been before. That's when those thoughts will bombard your mind, saying, Who do you think you are? Just smile and tell him a child of a most God.
I'll read about this seven year old girl named Jamie.
She lived on a farm with her family and they had a cow that was about to give birth. And her father had already told the family that they weren't going to keep any more cows every time one was born. They'd either sell it or give it away. But for some reason, little Jamie really wanted to keep this cow a desire of her heart. She started pleading and pleading with their father. Daddy, please let me keep it. Daddy, please make an exception.
After a couple of weeks, she wore her father down. He said, Jamie, I'll make a deal with you. If the calf is born black, then you can keep him. But if he's brown or spotted like the rest of our cattle, we're going to give him away. She agreed. Well, little Jamie didn't know any better. She started praying and praying every night before she went to bed. God, I'm asking that this cow will be born black and that there won't be any doubt that he belongs to me.
Now, most of us adults, we'd never pray anything like that. That's far out. That's kind of radical. Do you know what I've learned? Radical faith gets radical results. A couple of weeks later, the little calf was born. It was not only solid black, but right between his eyes. Do you see it? There was a big J. Her name was Jamie. It's like God stamped it J. He was saying, I'm I'll make sure everybody knows this cow belongs to little Jamie.
What am I saying? When you prayed God sized prayers God to show up in a big way, he'll give you the desires of your heart. Are there dreams that you've talked yourself out of problems you're convinced you'll never overcome? Why don't you do like little Jamie? Take the limits off a God? What if the only reason it's not happening is because you're not asking? Jesus said in Luke twelve thirty two. It is the father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
God wants to give you the desires of your heart, but you have to have the faith of a little child and be willing to ask as a father, who would I rather bless than my own children? Who would I rather see increase and do great things? Nobody more than my own children. It's the same way with our Heavenly Father. It gives him pleasure to give you the kingdom. It brings a smile to his face. But what if my children never ask and they acted like they were bothering me, they were intimidated.
That would make me feel badly. I'd say, come on, step up to the plate. I'm your father. I want to be your. Some of you today need to step up to the plate, quit asking small, quit acting like you're bothering God, quit praying week, barely get by our prayers. Your father owns it all. He created the whole universe. And if you're going to see the fullness of what he has in store, you've got to learn to ask big.
I pray every day. God take our ministry where no ministries ever gone before. I pray God let our children supersede anything Victoria have ever done.
There are prayers that I pray in private. Never told anybody in the world the secret dreams of my heart. If I told you you said Joe, are you kidding? Do you really think that's going to happen? The truth is they may not all come to pass, but I'm not going to let my lack of asking keep me from reaching my highest potential. I don't want to get to heaven and God, said, Joe, I had all this for you favor good brakes, divine connections, but you never ask.
You stayed in the safe zone. I want to in the faith zone, you prayed ordinary prayers. I wanted you to pray. God has prayers. And I believe one reason that I've seen God's favor is I have learned to ask big when my father went to be with the Lord nineteen ninety nine I had never ministered before was a bold prayer to say God, I'm asking you to help me not only maintain what my parents have built, but help me to take it much further.
When I walked into a jewelry store and saw Victoria for the first time, it was a bold prayer to say, God, let her see how good looking I really am. I'm only kidding. I didn't say that, but I sure thought about it. It was a vocal prayer to say, God, give us the compact center where the Rockets used to play basketball. When I look back over my life, I wonder what would have happened had I not prayed these bold prayers.
Maybe I wouldn't have met Victoria, maybe I wouldn't be up here. Maybe we wouldn't have. This facility says in Psalm thirty one, God has blessings stored up for those who honor him because you honor God. There are blessings right now that have your name on them.
Stored up houses, businesses, ministries, books, movies, children, ideas. They have your name on them. God wants to release them. He's just waiting for you to ask, will you have a boldness to ask for things that even seem impossible? It's good to ask for our needs, but I'm encouraging you today. Ask for your dreams. As for your goals, ask for the secret petitions of your heart.
I heard a story about a young mother.
She and her family moved to New York City back in the nineteen sixties from Puerto Rico.
They were very poor and they lived in a rough neighborhood in government housing, drugs, gangs, violence all around. At the age of nine, her young son Victor was recruited by a gang. Everybody he knew, all of his friends were in gangs. By the time he was twelve, he was hooked on heroin. He'd already been arrested, involved in robbing, stealing, killing, all kinds of things that weren't good. His mother was so heartbroken she couldn't control her son.
She was a very small woman. She only spoke Spanish, but she was very feisty. One thing this mother knew how to do was pray.
And every day, seven days a week and twice on Sundays, she would go up to the little storefront church there in the projects with her sister, and they would pray for her son, Victor. She didn't just pray for God to keep him out of trouble. This mother knew how to pray God his prayers. She said, God, I'm asking you to make my son a minister, use him to touch people all over the world. Twelve years old, Victor would come home at three o'clock in the morning, totally stoned.
This mother would be in the kitchen waiting for him with her arms held open. She'd give him a hug and say, Victor, God's hand is on your life. You have a destiny to fulfill. God is not only going to save you, he's going to make you a minister. She spoke of faith into him. The more she prayed, it seemed like the worse he got. His teacher at school told the mother, your son is going to end up in the electric chair.
She let those words go in one ear and out the other. She kept praying month after month, didn't look like anything was happening. But what she couldn't see is while she was praying God was moving on, a young man in another state by the name of David Wilkerson, calling him to come to the roughest streets in New York and share the good news, one day Victor ran into this new young street preacher right there on the corner. God touched Victor's heart.
He knelt down, gave his life to Christ. God set him free from the drugs, from the gangs, from the violence. Today, Victor Torez is not only clean and sober, but he's the pastor of a great church in Virginia. They have amazing outreaches to drug addicts, to gang members.
He goes all over the world telling what God has done for him. I thought about where would Victor be if this mother had not dared to pray these God sized prayers? Maybe David Wilkerson would have never shown up, maybe be in the penitentiary, even dead. But when it looked impossible, when the odds were against her, every voice told her, you're wasting your time. Your son's too far gone. He's never going to amount to anything. She dug her heels in and said, God, you said, as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord God, you promised it.
And like David, I'm bold enough to ask you to bring it to pass. See, most people would have prayed an ordinary prayer, something like, God, just help my child to not get in any more trouble when you know how to pray these God sized prayers, your children, your relatives, they don't have a chance. God will move heaven and earth to bring that promise to pass. Now, you may have somebody in your life that you are about to write off, somebody like Vikram, but they're making bad decisions, look like they'll never straighten up.
Keep asking God not only to bring them back, but to do something great with their life. I found when somebody is living radically the wrong kind of life and God touches them, they will live radically the right kind of life.
God will use them to do amazing things like this. Mother, we have the promise.
As for me and my house, we will serve, the Lord says in Psalms, the seed of the righteous. That's your children. Your grandchildren will be mighty in the land, not addicted, defeated, mediocre, no mighty powerful history makers. Now don't pray small prayers over your children doesn't matter what they are or aren't doing right now. Pray bold prayers. God, I'm asking that my child be mighty in the land. God, let them be history makers.
Let them leave a legacy of faith that will be seen for generations to come. Dare to ask big. I prayed for a college student right here at the altar a few weeks ago and she had just finished her master's degree and she studied medical research. She was a scientist. I don't even know why I said it, but I prayed God let her find the cure for cancer. Let her do something astounding with her life. Well, Joel, what if it doesn't happen?
What if it does happen? You have not because you asked not God is saying ask me for big things.
I created the universe. I flung the stars into space. Don't ask me for a two dollar raise. Don't ask me to just keep your children out of trouble. Don't ask me to just help you make it through life. Ask me for company centers. Ask me for cowl's with your initial on it. Ask me to turn drug addicts around. Ask me for children who will become history makers. Asked me to part Red Seas to bring water out of Iraq to show you a floods of my favor.
God is saying I dare you to ask. I dare you to stretch your faith. I dare you to take the limits off of me. I dare you to pray. God says prayers. A couple of weeks ago we were in the airport parking lot. Late one Friday night, we just returned home from a night of hope in another state. It's about two o'clock in the morning when we got to our cars, my mother's battery was dead. Something must have been left on.
And my brother Paul and I and my friend Johnny got the battery cables and we drove my car up there and put the cables on my mom's car. Her lights came on, but the car wouldn't start. The engine wouldn't turn over it all. Not one sound. A mechanic came out from the airport to help us and he worked and work, but he couldn't get anything go. And Johnny was reading the owner's manual. It's like we were missing something.
The engine would not turn over freezing cold out there. After about thirty minutes of trying everything we possibly could, Paul said to my mom, mother, the car's not going to start. Why don't you just ride with me and we'll come back tomorrow and get it? Well, my mother was not about to leave the airport without having her car. She said, no, Paul, I've got two funerals to officiate tomorrow. I have to have my car was two thirty in the morning.
I was tired. It was freezing acid. Mother, take my car. I'll ride home with Paul. You can drive it right now. She said, Joe, I don't want your car. I want my car. Let's go try again. We went over and worked another fifteen minutes doing everything we could. Still, the engine never turned over. One time I said, Mother, we could be here all night. The car is not going to start.
We might as well go home. She said, give me the keys.
She had that look in her eyes like do not mess with me. I don't know if she is mad at me or mad at the devil, but she got in that car and started praying. And when my mother really means business, she prays loud. She doesn't need a microphone. She makes sure that God will hear her. I looked over. My mother was praying over the steering wheel, praying over the radio cast in the devil out of the engine.
She knows no shame when I was growing up. When I was growing up, my mother would pray over the dishwasher if it broke to pray over the lawnmower, and I'm over there with some of my friends getting a kick out of it, kind of laughing, and all of the sudden we hear the car crank right up. That engine didn't struggle. It didn't turn over and over. It immediately cranked up my mother, rev that engine so loud she had to have that pedal on the floor.
It sounded like it was going to explode. We ran for cover. My mother put it in gear and she started driving around in circles in that parking lot, 80 years old, doing doughnuts, three o'clock in the morning. I tell you, God, we're going to get arrested out here. I wanted to say, Mother, you are grounded. When she finally drove off, she didn't wave goodbye to us.
She didn't say thank you for at least trying. She didn't blow us to kiss. She just left us standing there in her dust. When you face situations in your everyday life that seem impossible. God says, I dare you to pray. I dare you to ask me for that car to start. Oh, your God's got bigger things to deal with than me getting my car started. Let me tell you, you are God's biggest deal. You are the apple of his eye.
Too often we limit God. We have a small view of who he is. We think God is up there somewhere far away running the universe. I can't bother him with this small problem. I can only pray if I have some kind of major catastrophe. Listen, God knows the number of hair on your head. He knows your words before you speak. Then you are not inconveniencing God, but asking him to help you in your everyday life. God wants to be good to you.
He wants to show you his favor in a new way. He's saying today, I dare you to ask her a story about a small congregation in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains.
They just built a new sanctuary on land given to them by one of their members. A month before they were to move in, the building inspector informed them that their parking lot was too small, lest they doubled the amount of parking spaces they would not be able to occupy the building. The problem was they had used all the land to build on. The only property they had left was behind the sanctuary. It was a big mountain, had a huge hill on it.
The next Sunday, pastor told the congregation there would be a special prayer meeting that night to ask God to somehow make a way that they could move in to their new sanctuary on time. Twenty four people showed up. They prayed and prayed, and after an hour, the pastor announced, God has never let us down in the past and he's not going to let us down this time. We're going to move into our sanctuary on schedule. The next morning, ten o'clock, there was a knock on the pastor's door.
It was a construction foreman. He said, Excuse me, Reverend, we're building a shopping center, one county over and we need some fill dirt. If you will sell us the dirt behind your new sanctuary, we'll not only pay you for it, but we'll pave all the areas where we dig up.
That little church got their parking lot for free and they moved in right on schedule. What am I saying today when you pray God sized prayers God or show up in a big way, some of you are not seeing God do great things because you're only asking for small things. God is saying, ask me to open doors that seem impossible. Ask me for that business you've been dreaming about. Ask me to give you the secret petitions of your heart. You've got to have this boldness like David and say, God, you promised it.
I see it in the Scripture. Now I will be bold enough to ask. Remember, there are blessings stored up for you right now with your name on there. And if you will learn how to pray God sized prayers, then like Victor's mom, you will see your children become mighty in the land. Like this pastor, the right people will show up at the right time like little Jimmy. God will give you the desires of your heart, I believe and declare.
You will see the fullness of what God has in store, overcoming every obstacle, defeating every enemy, and becoming everything. God created you to be in Jesus name. And if you receive it, then you say, Man, today we never like to close our broadcast without giving you an opportunity to meet Jesus, the Lord of your life. Would you pray with me? Just say, Lord Jesus, repent of my sins, come into my heart and make you my Lord and Savior Prince.
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