“Are there any other prayer requests?” my small group leader asked.
I squirmed. Should I ask? It seems so shallow compared to the other requests we’re praying for. “I have one. It’s not a big deal, but…”
Sometimes I feel guilty asking for prayer. As I listen to the life or death situations my friends ask me to pray for, I shut my mouth and chide myself for even thinking to ask for prayer about that.
That may be different for each of us, but I would guess we can all think of a request we’ve believed was not worth asking others to pray about. Yet, isn’t it important to remember God cares about small things? Consider Luke 12:6-7. Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
I wonder if diminishing the importance of prayer requests is a way for Satan to hide God’s work in our lives, even in the items that might seem small to others. When God arranges details, it is a testimony of his goodness and involvement in our lives, and it might cause people to realize God will do the same for them.
And that’s the last thing the devil wants.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
Good post, Marissa. Reminded me of the time I slammed the tip of my thumb in the car door. An inch-long appendage is pretty small in light of the universe. Yet God instantly healed it and told me, “Your Abba cares about the small things.”
That’s a great example!
PLEASE share what’s on your heart that you need prayer for!!!!!!!! It matters to God and us… Really! 🙂
I’ll try to do better!
I have felt the same way Marissa. Some of the problems I have do not seem as big or as urgent as some that other people have requested prayer for. I’m getting better at asking for prayer for some of the things that are weighing on my heart.
Gary, It’s good to know I’m not the only one!