Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. Isaiah 59:1 NIV
Prayer requests in Sunday School. After one man shared an unspoken request, I said, “I have an unspoken request, too, but it’s only unspoken because people will think it’s trivial.”
“Go ahead,” another urged me. “Throw that trivia out here.”
Long story short, I asked prayer for my young rescue dog, suddenly timid after completing several obedience classes with confidence.
Does this seem too small to trouble God with? Is He too busy to bother with a dog?
Does a little child stop to wonder if her father is too busy? Does she think for a moment that he isn’t big enough, strong enough for what concerns her?
Has Jesus given us a quota? Did He say, “That’s too small to trouble Father with.”?
No, He said, “Ask, seek, knock.” Prayer is the door, the hinges, the key.
Our heavenly Father loves to give, and He takes great pleasure in our humble requests. The intimacy He longs for with all of us is found in the small things we share.
So, if the problem isn’t with God, where is it?
Maybe it isn’t that we doubt God is big enough, but that we feel too small. Pray continually? How is that even possible?
No problem. A prayer can be formed as quickly as a fleeting thought. Make every thought a prayer. Take them to Him one at a time, as they come up.
God wants to hear from us. I’m convinced His desire for intimacy with us is so strong that if we think what we have is too small to share with Him, He’ll keep on giving us bigger and bigger problems until we find one we think is big enough to take to Him.
Don’t know about you but, besides wanting to be close to Him, I don’t want problems any bigger than I need.
Avi, the mature Christian is a true child. Never let us forget what a privilege it is to be children in Your arms. Help those who cannot allow themselves to become children. In Your holy name, Amen.

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