Be Careful What You Ask For


“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” – Matthew 7:7


Have you ever seen the movie Evan Almighty? In the flick, the character of God poses the same interesting question in three different ways:

  • If you ask for patience, does God give you patience or does He give you opportunities to be patient?
  • If you ask for courage, does God give you courage or does He give you opportunities to be courageous?
  • If you ask for a close family, does God zap you with warm, fuzzy feelings or does He give you opportunities to love each other?

In sports and in life, we often want God to give us exactly what we ask for. Thankfully, that’s not the way He works. He loves us too much to give us everything we want when we want it. Instead of fixing our circumstances instantly, He often puts us on a journey to change us, not just resolve our circumstances. God cares about the character and love being produced in and through us just as much as He does about the solution.

The answer to our prayers may be revealed over time—the result of much nourishment and cultivation. It may not be exactly what we want, but it will be best. Keep that in mind when you pray, and trust God knowing it’s for the best.

  1.  How has God answered a prayer for you in a way you didn’t expect?
  2. As a competitor, what character quality do you need most?
  3. What choices on and off the field are you facing right now that may be opportunities for God to refine you?

1 Kings 3:5-14

Jeremiah 17:7-8

James 1:2-6


“Father, I know You want what’s best for me, even when I don’t see or understand it. Help me to ask, listen and receive Your will. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Jimmy Page also contributed to the writing of this devotional.

Bible Reference: 
1 Kings 3:5-14
Jeremiah 17:7-8
James 1:2-6