Some people who hear of God answering prayers for lost jewelry, pencils, keys and parking spaces find themselves wincing. For them it seems like a trivialization of God’s power and, more significantly, a terrible indictment of God’s priorities. They find it difficult to understand that while tragedies are happening all around us, God would answer a prayer for vacation reservations!
When the Lord taught us to pray, He did not tell us to pray for that which could only be categorized as major. He said what when we pray, we should ask and believe and He would answer us. Whether it is for help in finding lost keys, or for healing, or the salvation of the lost, God said for us to pray. Great things happen when we pray. God’s answers to prayer are “love gifts” from Him.
Love is known best in the small things. We are touched by gifts given to us for our birthdays or at Christmas. But we are most deeply touched by the notes and comments that are made on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. We are deeply moved when we hear others say, “I am praying for you!” We are most encouraged by the people who take time to know and appreciate the little idiosyncrasies that make us who we are.
God’s love reveals itself in the little things. God is not too big to care; He’s too big to fail. More than a few spiritual pilgrims have impeded their own progress by thinking that God really cannot be concerned about the little things. It’s most helpful for us to realize that God’s power and care are infinite; they are not diminished, distracted, or diverted by a large number or requests coming from infinite petitions. What of the exhortation in scripture, “in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6) ?
Why does God answer what we may label as small prayers? He does so to encourage us so that we can be strong in our own struggles, so that we are refreshed and can stand alongside others who are afflicted and encourage them in confidence that God cares about the important matters in their lives. Love and confidence are best cultivated in the little things, in the attention to detail that inspires the confidence to trust in “the big stuff”. Great things happen through prayer!