What the Bible Says About Asking God for Help With the Small Things
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Do you ever wonder if the Lord of all creation is concerned about the little things in your life? Does God care about every detail or is He just concerned with the BIG issues? We may think He is “too big” to care about our seemingly small troubles and can feel we are “pestering Him” about unimportant matters. But according to the words of scripture, everything about you matters to God. Learn why asking God for help with even the little things in life is not only ok, it’s expected!
Asking God For Help – Does He Care About Every Detail?
Have you ever gone to a group wanting to ask for prayer about a situation or problem you have in your life and then stopped before you asked?
Have you gone before God and wanted to ask Him for help with something going on in your life, your marriage, your job, etc., but then decided it was too trivial?
You hesitate to ask God because it seems to pale in comparison to other people’s needs.
We sometimes look at our problem or situations and decide that, in comparison, other people have far worse going on in their lives, so we feel bad asking. We feel guilty or even selfish!
I mean, who am I to ask people to pray about my aches and pains when other people have serious, life-threatening illnesses?
Who am I to ask people to pray about my problems at work when people have lost their jobs?
You may feel you shouldn’t ask for prayer about your “minor” issues with your husband when people are experiencing divorce or infidelity!
We feel asking God for help when it seems trivial and small is selfish! But our Heavenly Father doesn’t see it that way!
Grading Our Right to Ask God for Help
We often grade our right to asking God for help based on what other people have going on and we decide our issue is too trivial to give it to Him.
But God is not just the God of the big problems. He is the God of the little problems too. Asking God for help in prayer should happen before a little problem becomes a bigger one!God is not just the God of the big problems. He is the God of the little problems too! Click To Tweet
When we neglect to ask God for help because we think it is too small for Him, we are actually showing a lack of faith and even pride as we usurp God’s authority and decide what He should and shouldn’t be concerned with. That is not being humble people, it is actually the opposite.
We think we are better off to handling those trivial matters than to “bother” God with them. We try to handle them in our own strength and much time is wasted that could have been saved had we just prayed about it.
Let me ask you an honest question…have you EVER handled anything better than God? Ever?
It is the way the enemy works in our lives to keep God from having full authority!
We have not because we ask not! We hold them back without bringing them God.
We have not because we do not pray!
In times of trouble we need to go to Him no matter how big or small. His Word in James 4:2 is just common sense! We don’t have because we fail to ask!
That is not working in the knowledge of God and His character! His unfailing love for us means that He is our strong tower in times of need and trouble.
When we are heavy laden, we should lean on him. We do not have to be on level ground with what others are going through! What troubles my own heart matters to God.
Asking God for Help With the Little Things
The enemy wants us to believe that our need is too small to give to God because, in doing this, it keeps us struggling and trying to deal with our problems in our own power instead of God’s. It keeps us in isolation with our problems.
But the truth is, many times if we don’t get help for those small problems they can go on to become bigger problems. They can cause us to fall into despair and depression. This is exactly what the enemy wants!! That is NOT the will of God.The enemy wants us to believe that somehow our needs are too small to ask for help! Click To Tweet
He wants those small marital spats to become bigger issues that lead to divorce!
He wants our little problems with our children to go on to become issues that lead to our kids going astray!
And he wants our little doubts and fears to go on to become issues that separate us from God.
Our faith isn’t just reserved for the big things, it’s for the smallest of things too. God’s good gifts aren’t just the big things but the little blessings.
When we give thanks to God should it just be for the big, impressive things? No!
We should give thanks for the fact that each and every breath we take is a gift.
We should give thanks for the smallest of victories, the smallest of blessings, all the good things in life and yes, even for the tough times because the Word says we should give thanks IN all our circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
We have eternal life!
If He can bless us with life everlasting then why do we think He won’t be there in our time of need no matter how grand a scale it is on, or when we need to make an important decision?
We may think our prayer request pales in comparison to the needs of others but that is our OWN understanding and not what the Word of God tells us.
We don’t need to be on the brink of despair! We have a faithful God who wants us to come before the throne of grace to seek His perfect will and words of wisdom from His Word ALL the time.
We should seek God’s guidance even in small decisions and the Holy Spirit will be there to guide us.
If we should give thanks for the little things then why do we think the little things shouldn’t also be taken before the throne to ask God when we need help?
Ask God and Cast ALL Your Cares and Worries
If our children have a problem in their lives, don’t we want them to come to us when the problem is small versus waiting until it escalates?
God is no different.
1 Peter 5:7 says:
It says cast ALL your anxiety, ALL your cares on HIM because He cares for you! It doesn’t say some, it doesn’t say big ones, it doesn’t say only if your cares are as big as others…it says ALL.
Casting in this verse is the Greek word epiriptō and it means to throw or place upon.
Imagine that! God wants us to throw our cares to Him! He wants us to place them upon Him.
God wants to bear ALL your cares, regardless of how large they may be. He is the God who gave the sea its limit but He is also the God whose eyes are upon the smallest of birds.
God feeds the birds! The Creator of all things cares so much for His creation that He ensures they are taken care of.
And yet we think our problems are too small for Him to care about?
And it is not just the problems we should pray about! We should pray for God’s guidance and wisdom.
Can You Ask God For Help When You Feel YOU ARE the Little Thing?
What about asking God to do BIG things when YOU feel you’re the little thing?
Do you ever feel like you are too insignificant for God to want to use to fill those big dreams you have?
Jesus Christ went to the cross for you! You are never too insignificant for Him. Your prayer life should involve the big things, the little things and everything in between.
He is a generous God who doesn’t grade prayer based on the size of the need.
All throughout the Bible, God uses the weak and broken, He uses the average, the plain, the ignored, to do great things.
Never feel like your God-given dream is too small or that it is too big for a small YOU to achieve it. Ask God to equip you further!
God knows what you have need of before you even ask. He knows your pain points. God sees your dream and if He planted it in you don’t you believe He will equip you for it?
Little things aren’t just the insignificant-appearing things we want or need, but we too are the little things. And we should not hesitate to ask God to use us.
What are you needing prayer for that you didn’t think was important enough?
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It’s so true that God is just as interested in our “little” things as the big things. Thanks for the reminder. Sometimes we do tend to think our prayer requests may be too trivial for him, but they’re not.
Amen!! Thank you Lisa!
This post reminded me of a season of healing for me. I felt like there was a particular thing in my life that was smaller than what other women were sharing. Right when I was about to walk out of the doors of the church the speaker said, “Whether you feel like you’ve been hit by a smart car or semi truck, God still desires to heal you.” That was enough to make me stay and I’m glad I did. Found you on the #RaRaLinkUp.
Oh I love that example!! Thank you so much for sharing!!
Love the post – LOADED with truth and good reminders!
Adding your link-up to my page of favorite link-ups♥
Oh thank you so much!!! <3
Hi ! It was a great article.
I would like to ask for praying – for my unsaved loved ones, and people I know, my family is not particulary is in any religion, or believed in God as in devotinally, but there were times even before giving my life to Christ there times I felt like God was watching me, this intense present was there looking out for me, because there were incidents that shocked me, really before I started my journey to God as the One and Only God there were obviously lies that deceived me , I was searching, and trying to reach out to Him , as our soul is searching for His Creator, so the incident was that I almost seriouly got hit by a car, I thought later that God was stopping this to happen because He wanted this , just because it is His will , that even I didn’t belong to Him as his accepted Kingdom daughter , He was not letting it to end my story here. My interest from a early age was always pupose based , anything important decision I made I had to think about it. Sadly I don’t know when it started I as innocently not knowing from back than as a teen I read horoscope , and to identitfy ,-and to know , it was interesting to me, I could depend on it, emotionally, from the lonliness , and lack of family relationship was the rout of it. I had terrible fear from being alone at night, everyone came home late, and I just didn’t know who I should turn to , (If I knew sooner that God was there) so I was in the dark, I had really felt terror, and evil presence, and after I turn to Christ I had attacks at night, bad dreams etc. It was bad!! A little story for that I don’t have a lot of peopel who could pray for me. So my request is made for those who want to help!
The prayers would be for my family -who are lost, and for my school to what to follow , and what are really my talents -because I really don’t have a clear plan for that , as a guidence and the will of God needed here, and for my relationships in my family to be restored , as God shaping their , and my story I looking forward to that God would reveal Himself in His way , and soften my bitter dad heart , so that I cam move on to, because this to me a really personal issue-with my dad , I have to matue in Christ, and as His daughter to giving Him my gifts that He can use, so these are some things I really whish someone will pray for !?? There is one more I have a famly member who’s my godfather he’s a jehowa witness for a long time, his really stubborn I wish him to be wake up serioulsy, for this fact , and other facts He caused deep pain for his family, for not caring for them as their dad, and selfishly focus only on his false reliogion-seriously! Sorry if I was to detailed. There is a woman that is my Mom friend, dealing with cancer in the early stage, and she’s really needs healing from God, I hope God would show Himself this way to her, in time. Thank you for reading my comment, and for those who will be prayinf for these things, and If i typed somethings wrong , pardon ?
English is not my first language!
Thank you so much for sharing your story!! God most definitely has a plan for you!!! And I will certainly be praying for your loved ones, your relationships with them and also your mother’s friend. And I am sure others here will pray for you all as well! God can and will soften your heart towards your father! Just continue to pray!! He hears your cries out to Him and will answer!! It may be in His own timing and His own way but He will answer! God bless you and thank you again!!
LOVED this article, it was really helpful, thanks so much! It confirmed some things and added a few new things.
Thank you Susie! I’m so glad!!