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What the Bible Says About Asking God for Help With the Small Things

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!

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We feel asking God for help when it seems trivial and small is selfish! But our Heavenly Father doesn’t see it that way!

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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!

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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.

 James 4:2:

You desire things and don’t have them. You kill, and you are jealous, and you still can’t get them. So you fight and quarrel. The reason you don’t have is that you don’t pray!

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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.

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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:

Cast all your worries on Him, for He cares for you.

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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.

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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.

Matthew 6:26:

“Look at the birds of the air. They do not sow or reap or gather into barns; yet your Father in heaven feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”

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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.

James 1:5:

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

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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!

Psalm 34:17:

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears And rescues them from all their troubles.

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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?

CJB – Taken from the Complete Jewish Bible by David H. Stern. Copyright © 1998. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Messianic Jewish Publishers, 6120 Day Long Lane, Clarksville, MD 21029. www.messianicjewish.net.

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ESV  –  “Scripture quotations are from The ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

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  1. I can’t even begin to explain how much I needed this post today. Two years ago, my health problems and fluctuations in my husband’s job market led us to gratefully accept my parents’ offer that we sell our home, pack up our daughter, and come live with them. Since then, every single day has been a struggle. I don’t even know how to pray about it because there are so many little problems that I waited too long to ask God to help with and they have all coalesced into this seemingly impenetrable mass of bad. While part of me wishes I had seen this post two years ago, a bigger part knows that God placed it in my path exactly when I needed it most. Thank you so much for that!

  2. Yes! I love this.
    I am so thankful to have a Father that cares so deeply about the intimate details of our lives. I also think that watching God come through on the little things, gives us more faith for the big things.
    Thank you for sharing

  3. Great post! This was the perfect reminder for me today – I’ve been stressing a lot lately, I’ve got to trust and give it all to him

  4. This is a wonderful reminder indeed. And as one pastor once told me “if it is enough to concern you, it is never too small”. So we keep praying for what is in our hearts.

  5. I think getting in the habit of praying for all the little things we combat each day help us flow right into those big-time prayers when the weighty issues are upon us. Thx for this reminder today!

  6. “God is the God of little problems too.” Love this quote! Such an important concept to remember. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Hi Michele!! So glad you’re here!! The link up will be every week for the whole week so feel free to add your posts any time!

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