Are you afraid to ask for big things in prayer? Listen as guest host Bill Arnold talks with Adam Stadtmiller. He shares how God responds when we ask for things that only He can deliver.

“More than a dozen times in the New Testament, the idea of ‘Pray for whatever you want in My name and I’ll do it’ is mentioned. I was intrigued when God started answering [my] radical prayers. I felt like God said, ‘Your prayers aren’t big enough. Pray bigger.’ It’s meeting Jesus in His audacity.”

Adam starts with what praying is not:

• Manipulating God

• A checklist

• Purely a duty

Adam shares some tips for praying:

• Pray big. Pray bold. “He’ll let you know if you’re praying in the wrong direction – but too often we’re editing ourselves out of the grandeur of God’s responses.”

• Know that you’re coming to your heavenly Father. Adam points again to the Father’s heart that Jesus describes – He delights in giving us good things, and if we don’t get what we’re praying for, we will receive something better.

• Remember that our hope is in the God of heaven and not in what He gives us.

• All answered prayers are grace.

• Know that there are no experts in prayer. “The key isn’t knowing what to pray for, but going before God as a child. It’s not expertise, but experience.”

“Open up the fire hose of prayer. Pray bigger, and believe. I’m gonna pray, and God can edit and distribute my prayers – I’m going to create my prayers, and if I have a selfish motive, I know He’s loving enough to let me know and show me.”

Adam’s book is .

Key Scriptures: John 15:7; Hebrews 4:16; Revelation 5:8; Luke 11:1-13; 1 Peter 3:7

Theme Song: Finally Home by Jeremy Camp

Highlight : Jesus’ audacious invitation to prayer

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