I once attended a church service with a friend. I was going through a rough patch, a transition of sorts at the time. She liked her church and was very fond of one of the Pastors there. She invited me to attend with her, so one Sunday, I went to her church. The Pastor who delivered the sermon was the senior Pastor at the church, I don’t remember what he looked like, but I will never forget what he said. That’s because what he said didn’t jive with what I know is in the Bible. He said, don’t bother God with all your little, insignificant prayers. He told us that God doesn’t care about the little things that are going on in your life. And with that statement to the entire gathering, I fully dismissed that church as one that I would ever consider attending.
I found myself not only shaking my head in disbelief, but also very sad. I remember playing the Pastors words over in my mind, wondering if I had missed something that he said, as if my mind wandered off somewhere and perhaps missed the part where he circled back around to negate the statement that so surprised me. But, no, I had not missed anything. His main point in the sermon was more like to pray big, bold prayers. In his enthusiasm to encourage his flock to pray those big bold prayers he forgot that the Bible tells us differently than what he was preaching.
And, I wonder just how many people in that congregation went home and verified that what the Pastor claimed was the truth that the Bible presented. How many people went on in their life believing that they should only pray to God over the great big issues, and leave the rest to themselves? I however, went home and dug into the Bible, and in my research, I was unable to find anywhere in the Bible that said don’t bother God with the little things, or that God didn’t care about the little things. One of my favorite teaching Pastors always said something like “Don’t take my word for it, you search out the Bible for yourself, you check up on me and make sure that what I am telling you is what God says is true.”
The Bible reinforces that we should take everything to God in prayer. Yes, God cares about the big things. But even more so, God cares about the little things also. If you think about it, often it’s the little things that get to us during the course of our everyday life. Things like being late, cranky co-workers, the boss that is never satisfied, long lines at the store, traffic jams, kids forgetting their lunch at school, etc. And those little things can frustrate us, make us edgy. Those little instances add up quickly and pretty soon, we’re cranky, and maybe we behave not so very nice. Those instances can do such damage to our witness, dimming the light of Jesus that we reflect out to others.
If you are a parent, when your child was young, did you only care about the big things? Or did you also care about the little, seemingly insignificant things that concerned your child? I know that I cared about both the little and big things when my son was young. It’s the same with God. When we are God’s child, He cares about what we are thinking and how we feel. God is involved in every aspect of our lives. Therefore, God is interested in every big thing and every little thing.
God is big, He can handle both kinds of prayers – big, bold prayers and little prayers alike. Pray on, be blessed!
Ephesians 6:18 ESV “praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,”
Jeremiah 29:12 ESV “Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.”
Mark 11:24 ESV “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
Philippians 4:6 ESV “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
1 Thessalonians 5:17 ESV “pray without ceasing,”