There is ample evidence throughout the Bible that God is eager to have us ask Him for big things and to give us big things. As you view the following scriptures, let them transform your praying and your faith.
Psalms 81: 10 – “I the LORD, am your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt; open your mouth wide and I will fill it.”
From this verse and its context we get the impression that God is jealous. He does not want to share His children with other gods. He in effect said to the Israelites, and He says to us now, I will be your provision and your comfort just as I have been all along. Let me provide for you. I love you. Open your mouth wide. I’m eager to give you all I have.
John R. Rice comments about this verse: “This scripture was a favorite of George Muller…who received and dispensed over seven million dollars for the Lord’s work without ever asking a man for a penny.” It all came to him through prayer as he opened his mouth wide.
Jeremiah 33:3 – “Call unto Me, and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”
Here, for Israel, though famine and pestilence had stricken them, though Babylon was ready to swarm over the land to take the city, God reminds them through Jeremiah that all they need do is call out to Him and He will show them great and mighty things which they had never seen before.
Spurgeon says of this verse:
There are different translations of the text. One version renders it, “I will shew thee great and fortified things which thou knowest not.” Another reads it, “great and reserved things which thou knowest not.” Not all developments of spiritual life are similarly easy to attain…There is an upper realm of rapture, communion, and conscious union with Christ that is far from the common dwelling place of believers…Most Christians are only up to their ankles in the river of experience. Some have waded till the stream is up to their knees. A few find the water up to their shoulders. But a very few find it a river to swim in—the bottom of which they cannot touch. There are heights in experiential knowledge of the things of God the eagle’s eye of acumen and philosophic thought has never seen.
Amen to that. And I will add this: just because the huge blessings of God are somewhat hard to reach, God is nevertheless eager for us to receive them through prevailing prayer. In fact, God has made these things hard to get at, and has made them to be secret things in order that we may seek for them with a greater intensity and eagerness to find them.
Matthew 17: 20 – …truly I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you shall say to this mountain, ‘move from here to there,’ and it shall move; and nothing shall be impossible to you.
Here, in this context, a man brought his lunatic son to Jesus in order that He might heal him by casting the demon out of him, which the disciples were unable to do. “And Jesus answered and said [to His disciples], ‘O unbelieving and perverted generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring him here to Me.’ And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured at once” (vv. 17-18).
This occasion provided Jesus with an excellent lesson of faith. For He explained to His disciples (He also speaks to us.), that the reason they could not cast out the demon was simply because of their lack of faith. This kind of faith, He said, is gained only through prayer and fasting (v. 21). But He was also eager to say to them (and to us), “If you have faith [if anyone has faith] as little as a mustard seed, you shall say [anyone shall say] to this mountain [to any mountain], ‘Move from here to there,’ and it shall move, and nothing shall be impossible to you.” These last words of Jesus were the whole point of his lesson—“Nothing shall be impossible to you.” God is eager to see us move mountains through prayer!