How to Finish What You Start: Part 4 – Ask and Receive

How do you know what you're asking for in your business is the REAL outcome your heart desires?


I’ve learned to ask for OUTCOMES in my business. God wants me to be very specific and direct when I come to him for something. He doesn’t just want me to “get by”. He wants to give me the true desires of my businesses.

For example, I want 10,000 Godpreneurs in the community interacting, growing, and learning with each other so that we can minister better in the marketplace.

But I didn’t always ask for big prayers. Sometimes I catch myself simply asking to survive because times are tough.

We sometimes ask God for the wrong things in our businesses. We ask for just enough to survive, or even worst, we ask for strength to make it through that storm. How about simply asking for the storm to go away and be replaced by sunshine!

There is a story in the life of Jesus that grabbed my attention in the subject of not asking for enough. Jesus was leaving Jericho and a large crowd began to follow him. In the midst of the commotion, two blind men were sitting by the road. “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” they cried out. The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet but they raised their voices even louder. “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. The men responded, “Lord, we want our sight.”


It’s easy for us to look at this as a feel-good story of restoration and totally miss the point. In the end, they receive their sight, but not until they positioned their question correctly.

When Jesus asks them “What do you want me to do for you?” he wasn’t asking because he didn’t know, but because he needed them to declare what they wanted God to do on their behalf.

Twice they asked to simply survive until Jesus asked them to tell him what they REALLY want.

So how do you know what you’re asking for in your business is the REAL outcome your heart desires?

The bible says

Take delight in the Lord , and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4 NIV

This Psalms tells us that your love for God and worship of him will form and inform your hearts desires.

When we are confused about what we want or blind to see and feel your hearts desires, it’s likely that God is wanting us to worship and know Him more. God can’t give us what He wants until we know what we want because it would be a wasted effort.

What do you want from God in your business? Is that a question you typically ask yourself? Is there anything you want that you’re afraid to ask for?