She listened as the people around her talked.
“We need to do what we can before we ask God to help,” one person said.
“Yeah, you know what they say, ‘God helps those who help themselves.'” said another.
“God’s too busy with requests from so many people for us to bother Him with little things or things we could do ourselves.” said a third, shaking his head adamantly.
And they all nodded their heads in agreement with each other.
She’d had heard similar comments most of her life. They didn’t surprise her. What did surprise her was where they were coming from. These were all Christians, all professing a personal relationship with God… yet saying He was generally too busy for them.
Were they right? She didn’t think so. She knew in her own prayer life, nothing was too small for God. And He was never too busy for her. Yet there were times He was quiet. She had thought it was to grow her faith. Or because it was something He had already told her. But now she started thinking maybe it was because He was pretty busy and hadn’t had time to answer her.
She went to the only source of truth she knew – the Bible. “OK, God, are You too busy for the small things?” she asked as she opened it.
Eph 6:18 “… pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.”
Phil 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Hmmm, she thought. All occasions. All kinds of prayers. Every situation. That doesn’t sound like just the big things. God wants us praying for everything – small as well as big.
She had a new question for God. “Can You really hear us each time we pray, or are You too busy sometimes and You miss some of our prayers?”
1 Peter 3:12 “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayer.”
Ps 145:18 “The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.”
Ps 33:18 “The eyes of the Lord are on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His unfailing love.”
So, she thought, His eyes and ears are always open to my prayers. That doesn’t sound like He misses any of them.
She had one more question. “How can You listen to so many people and still have time for our little things?”
Is 55:8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways… as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
Eph 3:18-20 “…how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ… and to know this love that surpasses knowledge… able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine…”
I get it, she thought. He’s not limited like we humans are. We may try to understand God as if He were human like us because that’s all we know, but He’s not human. He’s God and He is BIG! Big enough to handle every one of our prayers – no matter how small they might be!