God can do anything, you know–far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!
Ephesians 3:2a,The Message
Today, I was into self-denial. I walked down an aisle in the store, passing a sign offering three bottles of my favorite sparkling water at a discount. Until that moment, I didn’t know I was thirsty. Seeing the display gave me a mental picture of a large, chilled glass, a thin slice of lime floating on the edge. For some reason, I kept walking, telling myself that even when you have everything imaginable to drink—iced tea, juice, alkaline water, soft drinks—you still want something else. After all, I came to the store for coffee. So, I passed it by. But, of course, as soon as I returned home, I regretted not permitting myself such a small indulgence.
The experience reminded me of the Old Testament story of a young woman named Acsah. Hers is a riveting picture of a loving father-daughter relationship, and it is a lesson on the power of asking God for whatever you need.
The lesson is simply this: just ask.
Acsah was Caleb’s daughter. After marrying the mighty warrior, Othniel. Caleb gave her the Negev—the hilly desert region of southern Israel. What does a young girl do when she has inherited a desert? In her case, Acsah did the logical thing. She asked herself: what else do I need to make my inheritance fruitful? What she needed was an additional portion, not just what her father promised.
Acsah decided to find her father and present her request. As Caleb’s daughter got down off her donkey, Caleb asked, “What is it? What can I do for you?” (Joshua15:8)
“She said, ‘Give me a further blessing. You have been kind enough to give me land in the Negev. Please give me springs as well.’ So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs.” (Joshua 15:19) Isn’t that just like a loving father? You want springs? All right, then; I’ll give you a double portion of springs! Because he loved her, Acsah’s father gave her twice as much. How much more does our heavenly Father give good gifts in abundance when we ask.
In John 4, Jesus converses with a Samaritan woman who came thirsty. There are parallels between Jesus’ conversation with the Samaritan woman and Acsah’s request.These examples teach us a great deal about prayer. God can and will do more for all who believe for more!
This is your season of more. Walk into your season.