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Do you ever wonder if the God of all creation is concerned about the little things in your life? Does God care about every detail or just the BIG issues? We often wonder, when it comes to the little things in life, if giving it to God is somehow “pestering Him” about unimportant matters. But everything about you matters to God. Can you ask God for the little things?
Giving it to God – Does God 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 give it to God because it seems to pale in comparison to other needs.
We sometimes look at our problem or situations and decide that, in comparison, other people have far worse going on in their lives and then we don’t ask. We feel selfish!
I mean who am I to ask people to pray about my little aches and pains when other people have serious illnesses?
Who am I to ask people to pray about my problems at work when people have lost their jobs?
Who am I to ask for prayer about my little arguments with my husband when people are experiencing divorce or infidelity?
We feel giving it to God when it seems trivial and small is selfish!
Asking God by Grading Our Needs First
We often grade our need based on what other people have going on and we decide our issue is too trivial to give it to God.
But God is not just the God of the big problems. He is the God of the little problems too. Giving it to God should happen before a little problem becomes a bigger one!
When we fail to give it to God because we think it is too trivial we are actually showing a lack of faith and we usurp God’s authority. We think we are better to handle trivial matters than to “bother” God with them.
Have we ever handled anything better than God?
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 reserve some things without bringing them God.
You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. ESV
Giving it to God – Ask God For The Little Things
The enemy wants us to believe that somehow our need is too small to give to God. 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!!
He wants those small marital issues to become 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!
Our faith isn’t just reserved for the big things, it’s for the smallest of things too.
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.
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 – Casting ALL Your Cares
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:
…casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. ESV
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.
The Birds of the Air
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.
Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? NKJV
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? Give it to God! Cast your cares upon Him!
Asking God When You Feel YOU’RE 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?
All throughout the Bible, God uses the weak, He uses the average, the plain, the ignored, to do great things.
Never feel like you’re 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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