Recently, I was listening to a book about prayer, and about how we need to be specific in our prayers and not leave out even the little things. I know that I struggled through this, and it took me a couple of days to make the decision to pray specific and include even the things I considered to be silly, or not as important to God as the other things we should be praying about. I mean come on look at the world around us, there is so much hurt and so much bad stuff, that is clearly more important than my silly request. But God, well he made it clear to me that He cares even about the little things.
One of the things that I learned in this process was that there is more than enough of God to go around. Just because He is answering my little prayer, does not mean that He can’t answer the big prayers. It does not take away His ability to be good to everyone. God is good! He provides good things for His people. God heals people, He can heal as many people as He wants. God can heal my stubbed toe, and He can heal cancer and He can do it at the same time. I can ask God for specific little things and I can ask God for the big stuff, you know fix the foster care system, change the world, bring peace to the Middle East. You know, since listening to the audiobook, my prayers include my small requests first, because if I don’t say them first I am liable to not remember them at the end or I won’t want to pray them because the other stuff was too important to throw in these small things that will not impact the world. After that though, my prayers are big, I am a dreamer, and I have dreams of seeing the world changed, and lives transformed and healing brought to dark places. So I pray for those things, and I believe that God is going to change things and He is going to bring healing to dark places, and He is going to transform lives.
I recently was chatting with a friend who was describing some difficulty to me, and an area that needed healing, and my question was have you asked for healing prayer about that? The response was but there are people who have been through far worse than me and need healing more. This broke my heart and reminded me that it is not just me who has this struggle. We are called to pray for each other, but the bible also teaches us…
What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. James 4:1-2
Did you see that part, You do not have because you do not ask God. So maybe if we asked God for what we want, with the right motives, He will give it to us. Now I am not saying to just ask and expect things to happen right away, God can do miracles but sometimes He has us walk out things, like our healing. God is good, He loves us, He wants whats best for us, He wants us to live in freedom. Don’t be afraid to ask for seemingly small things, God cares about those things too.