“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
There are two trends I’ve noticed when it comes to prayer. One is televangelists who make claims such as “if you only make a donation of $___ the Lord will fill up your bank account!”. The other one, the one of which is on my mind today, is the hesitance to bother the Lord with our prayers.
I understand this, I will often forget to pray about the “little things” in life, because who am I to ask for something seemingly so trivial when He has blessed me so very much? The wonderful thing, though, is that this year the Lord has really been showing me how He desires us to bring these things to Him! He is our Heavenly Father and He values us! (Psalms 103:13-14; Matthew 10:30-31) We should go to Him humbly and wishing for His will to be done, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t bring all of our troubles to Him. (1 Peter 5:6-7)
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. “-1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
While the Lord might not answer our prayers right away, or in the way we hoped, we know that His will is our best. Though He may not remove our trials when we would want, we know from His word that He uses these trials to help us become more Christlike and to grow closer to Him. (James 1)
I’ve been learning a lot this year through Him about prayer, and it amazes me those times when He confirms those lessons for me, both through His Word and through answered prayers. One such instance was back in March. I was shopping for some craft supplies so that I could send an encouragement package to my dear friend. I had found everything I needed, and then I looked down at the supplies I had in my hand and realized I had mistaken one item for something else, and then I couldn’t find what I truly needed. I started getting extremely anxious as I scanned all the items and was finding nothing like I needed, and I really wanted to do this something special for my friend. As I looked I was reminded of casting all our anxieties to Him and praying without ceasing. I said a simple quick prayer asking for His help in finding the object I was searching for, and as soon as I finished mentally saying the prayer my eyes landed on the exact object I needed. It wasn’t anything big, just an item that costs a couple of dollars for a gift, but it reminded me that He cares about those little things. He helped me remember to cast my anxieties on Him and then helped me see what I needed to encourage my friend. It may have been small, but it meant a lot to me and has stuck with me all these months.
A more recent event was that I’ve felt isolated and the need for Christian fellowship, since we’re currently between churches and my health doesn’t allow me to get out very often. I didn’t know how He might work it out, but I prayed for an opportunity to have discussions with other Christians that would honor Him. A couple of weeks later I was invited to a weekly Skype group phone call where we pray and discuss subjects relating to Christianity and how to glorify Him through our walk. These discussions have truly been an answer to prayer and have blessed me greatly in the last few weeks since they’ve started.
I’m a terribly slow learner, but thankfully I have a Father who’s helping me along my walk in this crazy life, and will continue to do so until I’m Home with Him!
What are some answers to your “small” prayers that have impacted you?