Have you ever noticed that kids have no problem asking for anything? My kids are bold, relentless, and specific with their asks. While their audacity certainly has a form of childishness, I also think it models the childlikeness that should mark us as sons and daughters of God. 

Just look at what Jesus says in Matthew 7:

“Ask [aitéo], and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” (7-8 ESV)

Throughout the gospels, you’ll find Jesus using the Greek word aitéo to describe how we should pray to our Heavenly Father. This Greek word carries a confidence and assurance that is rooted in the sense of belonging. Aitéo doesn’t know timidity. It is a bold word for those who know they have a right to make a request and the right to expect a response.

Now, to be perfectly clear, I’m not suggesting that you get all selfish or childish in your approach to God. Instead, I’m encouraging asks that make room for the miraculous in your life. Asks that locate the eternity placed in your heart. Asks that give you eyes to see the evidence of God’s faithfulness all around you. And asks that bring you closer to your Father’s heart, so that you may feel what He feels and do what He does.

Take a few minutes to watch the video and then share it with some of your friends who may need to get their asks in shape.


P.S. If you’re scared to ask because you think you’ll ask for the wrong thing, then find comfort in knowing that your Father will never give you something that isn’t good (see Matthew 7:9-11; James 1:17).

P.P.S. The Sons & Daughters Team and community would love to pray with you, so be sure to share some of your asks below.


  1. This is still relevant going into the new year of 2020! Thank you. 🙂

  2. Alte-Mari

    I’ve watched this video at the beginning of the year and realized that I’ve been reluctant to ask a lot of things from God because I’ve felt that it was selfish to ask for more even though I’ve already been blessed with so much. This video helped me realize that God wants to bless me but that I need to ask and when I ask I need to be specific about it. I decided to write down a few things and to pray to God about my needs and the desires of my heart. And wow, He just came and blessed me beyond what I asked and beyond what I even could have imagined. It was just such an amazing realization to me that I really can ask God and that He will answer me how He deems fit. Thank you so much! In these past months I’ve passed on this video to friends and family.

  3. I really need a major breakthrough, so my asks are honestly just to make sure what God has deposited in my heart is actually Him and not my own ideas. It involves bold moves, patience and endurance. Nothing which I would have chosen. Please pray with me for God to guide me. In another translation the verse reads KEEP on asking. I mean if I wanted something as a little girl and didn’t get it after asking once, I definitely would KEEP asking untill I got whatever it was. haha P.S you guys are ‘ harts mense’ which directly translated from South African Afrikaans means people of the heart.

  4. My prayer request is for my emotional healing , academic excellence and the healing of family. I have been in a place where I am unable to hear God’s voice like I used to. I know this is not God’s best for me and I need a personal revival.

  5. Ok! I watched this clip yesterday. I have been reluctant to ask for a need due to fear of being disappointed. After watching this video I made that need known.(not the whole need amount but enough to test the waters). This morning I woke up to this need that I asked for yesterday being met today!! Thank you Jesus and thank you for sharing this and making it known.

  6. That’s really good. I have been asking who am I, and what do you have for me, to God, as a 53 year old empty nester mum, with daughters who are all grown up and not living at home any more, who am I? What is there for me to do now? I seem to have lost my identity. And my purpose.

    • Lynne, I believe that you are in a season of unmaking for the purpose of dreaming again. Ask God to give you a dream for this next season. Surrender to God what scraps of purpose and identity that you can muster and watch Him do what only He can do. As the dream starts percolating in your spirit, get bold with your asks. 🙂

  7. Just to share a testimony from What Addison spoke about. 3years ago graduated in collage , qualified Network Engineer , but I was not getting a permanent Job and Yes I did have alot of complains. But from What I know Now and What HE taught me , Irealize how I was not ready then , It can be in a professional or confidence way.. Yes I was a qualied Engineer but did not behave like one.. Tod cut the Story short , 3years down the Line am one of the youngest Snr Engineer in one of the biggest companies in the world and got more companies wanting me to come work for them . That all happen because I stopped complaining , I became specific on what I was asking and I was willing to wait for God to give It to ME At the right time .

  8. I cryed.

    This touches my heart and give me hope.

  9. Jeremiah Zeigler

    Spiritual Squats.
    So good.

  10. I love you guys so much!!!

  11. Pearson Esbenshade

    I receive so much from Addison!

  12. That was amazing! Thank you!