Ordering a steak from God comes from realising that God is really pretty awesome and that He likes us quite a lot. I first heard the phrase at a New Wine conference a number of years ago. I’ve a feeling the speaker was relating something that happened to him personally, but I can’t be sure.
May I take your order?
The gist of the story is that some boss / CEO / rich influential person invited a lowly preacher out for a meal and offered him anything from the menu. The preacher was pretty hungry this particular day and the idea of steak just fitted. Since the price was astronomic the preacher decided to choose the chicken Caesar salad. As the waitress took the order, the host asked her to hold on for a moment.
“You only want the chicken salad?” asked the host.
“Well, you know,” replied the preacher, “yeah, I suppose.”
“Didn’t I say that you can have whatever you see on the menu? My treat. Wouldn’t you prefer the steak?”
“Well, maybe. If you don’t mind. I was worried it was a little expensive:”
“Expensive? You realise that I could buy the whole menu? Please, you won’t offend me. Ask for a steak.”
You see, God, has all the resources of heaven at His disposal, and sometimes we just ask for a Chicken Caesar salad when God would love us to have a steak. Many times in our prayer life (by ‘our’ I mean of course ‘my’) we limit God in our minds to what we think is possible.
The limitations that we place on our prayers can come from many directions. Sometimes it can be a lack of faith, sometimes not feeling that God loves us enough to give us a steak and sometimes simply not realising it’s okay to ask for steak.
As Christians will testify, sometimes prayers seem to go unanswered. Stretching the analogy to breaking point; if God knows, for instance, we are going for run after lunch then we’ll probably not get steak after all. In this case we ask for a steak but get the Chicken Caesar salad. That’s okay. God still loves us, He just doesn’t want to be wiping vomit of His running shoes.
This isn’t obviously the most accurate treatise on prayer ever written, but take it as an encouragement that God thinks we are awesome and wants the very best for us (John 10:10). Jesus himself reinforces this when he says:
9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! (Matthew 7:9-11)