Philippians 4:6-7 says,
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (ESV)
I especially like this paraphrase of verse 6 from the CEV:
“Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything.”
Here’s the thing. We remind ourselves of this. “Don’t be anxious, but pray.” “Don’t worry, but pray.” But sometimes, we think our requests are too small.
We find it natural to pray when making some big life decision – where to move to, what job to take, what college to go to, if we should get married, things like that. Or, when someone receives a diagnosis like cancer, or when someone has a child with serious health issues. But what about the “little” things?
“My daughter is having trouble with her grades.”
“My son is having a hard time making friends.”
“My baby isn’t sleeping.”
“My spouse is having difficulties with a coworker.”
“I feel out-of-place amongst my friends / coworkers / church family.”
“I want to discuss spiritual things with a friend, but don’t know how to bring it up.”
“I feel like I have too much on my plate.”
It is these “little” things that we — I — often fail to give over to God. Maybe we think God is too busy or has bigger fish to fry. Maybe we feel like this is something we should just figure out, or we think God won’t give us a clear answer so why bother.
But Paul says: don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything.
Whatever is bothering you, pray about it. Now. Nothing is too small for God.
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