TODAY   |  October 02, 2013

Joel Osteen: We’re supposed to pray for our dreams

The popular pastor Joel Osteen tells TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie that people set unnecessary limitations on themselves as  talks about his new book “Break Out! 5 Keys to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life.”

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>> osteen is one of the most recognized pastors in america. he leads 45,000 members in houston every week. he has more than 2 million followers on twitter and he is out with a new book called break out. five keys to go beyond your barriers and live an extraordinary life. good morning. it's good to have you here.

>> thank you for having me.

>> the book is called five keys. i'll try to boil it down to one. it seems to me what this is all about is being more ambitious for god in your prayers. praying those big prayers. dreaming those big dreams .

>> that's a big part of it. so many people get stuck in a rut and they think, well, you know what, i don't have the education or the talent, i'm the wrong nationality, there's a lot of limitations we put on ourselves when you can break out in your mind and believe that god's big and he can get you where you're supposed to be. sometimes we pray for food and pray for protection but i believe you're supposed to pray for your dreams as well.

>> some people probably think i don't want to dream too big or i don't want to treat god like he's an atm machine . is that not the way we should be looking at it?

>> i agree with the atm machine but i think that god has put dreams and desires on us and in us and sometimes we think well i don't want to bother god, there's people starving in the world but god is all powerful and i believe it releases our faith when we say god i want to believe to make a difference with my life and fulfill what you put on the inside.

>> do you think that god plans for people to have super abundance? do you think we sell ourselves short sometimes?

>> i believe god wants you to be blessed. when i say that to have health, to have peace in your mind, to have money to pay your bills and fulfill your dreams instead. but sometimes we think it's not me. i don't have it. we have all of these limitations but the book is about let's break out and believe you can rise higher.

>> we have twitter questions. someone wrote sometimes it's so difficult to keep a positive and energetic attitude. how are you able to do that on a consistent basis? you are human.

>> it is difficult. a lot pushes people down but i found when you get up in the morning, it's important that you start the day with a grateful attitude. i think how you start the day many times determines what kind of day you're going to have. if you start off i don't want to go to work it's going to draw in negativity you have to say thank you that i have my health and strength whatever you have. our next one is a good one. looking to make that connection with god again but don't know where to start. so many people feel that way.

>> they do. i think it starts in your thoughts, your heart, you say god i believe you're real and you want to be a part of my life. you talk to god while you're driving in the car. it doesn't have to be a big formal thing. you don't have to be in church. you can start now and say god i believe i have a purpose and a destiny and help me to fulfill it.

>> joel, it's always good to have you here. always inspiring. the book is called "break