HOW TO MISS THE MARK ON MORE
Are You Living Immeasurably More?
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! (Matthew 7:7–11, ESV).
“Is this immeasurably more?”
Celebrate where you’ve experienced His blessings!
Course correct where you’ve missed out!
2023 The Year Of Immeasurably More
“Immeasurably More” means just that… more than you think
2023 will be a year of:
- More obstacles but more opportunities
- More breaking but more breakthrough
- More pressure but more prosperity
- More sinfulness but more salvations
Set your eyes. Focus on the fruit and do not become discouraged by the flies!
Those who exercise wisdom and extreme reliance upon the hand of the Lord will find 2023 to be a remarkable year. They will testify at the conclusion how God has not only sustained them but caused them to prosper in supernatural ways. You will say, “Never have I ever…”
It will be season like Isaac who sowed in famine and reaped one-hundred fold. Those who are faith-filled will prosper where others fail. The secret of Isaac was that he knew where to sow. He remembered and honored the wells of his father and reaped the blessings of honor. Therefore we must honor the foundations and faith of our fathers and find the favor that comes as honors reward.
Those who chose to foolishly let the events of life come and go and accept things as is will find less and lack. This is not a time to accept the status quo but to challenge the status quo.
2023 is the year immeasurable more. It is a year marked for outpouring. A year where we see the answer to the prayer, “More Lord!”Daniel Norris, January 2023
How to miss the mark on more?
Don’t Ask… and it will not be given
Don’t Seek… and you will not find
Don’t Knock… and the door will never open
I have lost 100% of the races I’ve never run in!
“ASK, AND IT WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU” – Jesus
What does Immeasurably More Look Like For You?
- Make it Plain
- Make it Potent
- Make it a Prayer
“All things are possible for one who believes.” (Mark 9:23, ESV).
“What is impossible with man is possible with God” (Luke 18:27, ESV).
“Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20, ESV).
God didn’t call you to the probable, He called you to the impossible!
“SEEK, AND YOU WILL FIND” – JESUS
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33, ESV).
Immeasurably more comes from being located in the right place!
- “It Is What It Is” Are you outside the target?
- “It’s MORE than it was” Are you missing the mark?
- “It is IMMEASURABLY MORE” Are you in the center of His will?
Abundance doesn’t come by happenstance, abundance comes from being planted in favorable conditions.
The Prayers of the Early Church
Compiled by John Piper
- They called on God to vindicate his people in their cause.
And will not God vindicate his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? (Luke 18:7).
- They called on God to save unbelievers.
Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved (Romans 10:1).
- They called on God to direct the use of the sword.
Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying through all prayer and supplication on every occasion . . . (Ephesians 6:17-18)
- They called on God for boldness in proclamation.
Pray at all times in the Spirit . . . and also for me, that utterance may be given me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel (Ephesians 6:18-19)
And now, Lord, look upon their threats, and grant to thy servants to speak thy word with all boldness (Acts 4:29).
- They called on God for signs and wonders.
And now Lord . . . grant your servants to speak thy word with boldness . . . while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of thy holy servant Jesus (Acts 4:30).
Elijah was a man of like nature with ourselves and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth its fruit (James 5:17-18).
- They called on God for the healing of wounded comrades.
Let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick man and the Lord will raise him up (James 5:14-15).
- They called on God for the healing of unbelievers.
It happened that the father of Publius lay sick with fever and dysentery; and Paul visited him and prayed, and putting his hands on him healed him (Acts 28:8).
- They called on God for the casting out of demons.
And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer” (Mark 9:29).
- They called on God for miraculous deliverances.
So Peter was kept in prison; but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church . . . When he realized [he had been freed], he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose other name was Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying (Acts 12:5,12).
But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake (Acts 16:25-26).
- They called on God for the raising of the dead.
But Peter put them all outside and knelt down and prayed; then turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, rise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up (Acts 9:40).
- They called on God to supply his troops with necessities.
Give us this day our daily bread (Matthew 6:11).
- They called on God for strategic wisdom.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all men generously and without reproaching, and it will be given him (James 1:5).
- They called on God to establish leadership in the outposts.
And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they believed (Acts 14:23).
- They called on God to send out reinforcements.
Pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest (Matthew 9:38).
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off (Acts 13:2-3).
- They called on God for the success of other missionaries.
I appeal to you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf, that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints (Romans 15:30-31).
- They called on God for unity and harmony in the ranks.
I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word, that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me (John 17:20-21).
- They called on God for the encouragement of togetherness.
[We are] praying earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith? (1 Thessalonians 3:10).
- They called on God for a mind of discernment.
And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ (Philippians 1:9-10).
- They called on God for a knowledge of his will.
And so, from the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding (Colossians 1:9).
- They called on God to know him better.
[We have not ceased to pray for you to be] increasing in the knowledge of God (Colossians 1:10; cf. Ephesians 1:17).
- They called on God for power to comprehend the love of Christ.
I bow my knees before the Father . . . that you may have power to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge (Ephesians 3:14,18).
- They called on God for a deeper sense of assured hope.
I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers . . . that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints (Ephesians 1:16,18).
- They called on God for strength and endurance.
[We have not ceased to pray for you to be] strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy (Colossians 1:11; cf. Ephesians 3:16).
- They called on God for deeper sense of his power within them
I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers . . . that you may know . . . what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe (Ephesians 1:16,19).
- They called on God that their faith not be destroyed.
I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail; and when you have turned again, strengthen your brethren (Luke 22:32).
Watch at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of man (Luke 21:36).
- They called on God for greater faith.
Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24; cf. Ephesians 3:17).
- They called on God that they might not fall into temptation.
Lead us not into temptation (Matthew 6:13).
Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak (Matthew 26:41).
- They called on God that he would complete their resolves.
To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his call, and may fulfil every good resolve and work of faith by his power (2 Thessalonians 1:11).
- They called on God that they would do good works.
[We have not ceased to pray for you that you] lead a life worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work (Colossians 1:10).
- They called on God for forgiveness of their sins.
Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors (Matthew 6:12).
- They called on God for protection from the evil one.
Deliver us from evil (Matthew 6:13)
If the answer is found in the presence of Jesus, then get yourself into His presence!
“KNOCK AND IT WILL BE OPENED TO YOU.” – JESUS
- His Blessings Follow Our Obedience
“But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” (Luke 11:28, ESV).
- His Blessings Follow Our Belief
“And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. 23 Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:22–24, ESV).
- His Blessings are Reaped
“give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38, ESV).