When I was young, maybe around nine years old or so, I remember having a conversation with some kids about God. I don’t remember how we got on the subject, but this one exchange is etched in my memory. Our conversation turned to prayer and one kid made a statement that shaped my theology of prayer and God’s character for a long time. Regarding prayer requests, the kid said, “Don’t waste God’s time with small stuff. He only cares about big things; He doesn’t have time to deal with all the little stuff.” From that moment, I started curating and editing my prayers, using an arbitrary evaluation system to decide what to bring to God in prayer and what He couldn’t be bothered with.
It’s funny, I don’t have a rock-solid memory of childhood conversations by any stretch of the imagination. But for some reason, this bad theology stuck in my head like the Eleventh Commandment, “Thou Shall Not Waste God’s Time with Frivolous Prayers.” And this bad theology did what all bad theology does; it pulled me further from the God who chose me, loves me, and wants an intimate relationship with me.
However, this bad theology did something else all bad theology does; it disintegrated when tested against the truth of God’s Word. Does God only care about big-ticket, life-or-death events in our lives? Jesus tells us in Luke 12:7, “Indeed, the very hairs of your head are numbered.” In other words, God knows His children intimately and wants an intimate relationship with us. He wants to be invited into every detail of our lives, not just the emergencies and 9-1-1 prayers shot up in desperation.
As a young adult, I started walking more intentionally with the Lord, seeking wise pastors and mentors, and reading the Bible a book at a time instead of a verse here and a verse there, with no context for what I was reading. It was during this time that I found the truth about how God wants us to approach Him with requests. And wouldn’t you know it, there’s not one word in the Word about keeping our asks high-stakes “big stuff”. Nope. As a matter of fact, this is just a portion of what God says about making requests in prayer:
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done” (Philippians 4:6, NLT, emphasis mine).
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8).
“And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son” (John 14:13).
“Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete” (John 16:24)
“When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures” (James 4:3).
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us” (1 John 5:14; more verses asking God, Mark 11:24; Luke 11:13; John 15:7; James 1:5).
The only thing He requires is that we ask in Jesus’ Name and that our motives are driven by His will, not ours.
My prayer life was rescued from the lie that I need to save God’s time by keeping small, seemingly inconsequential prayer requests to a minimum. I started opening up my prayer requests to things I previously thought didn’t matter to God, and He started redeeming the words of the “junior theologian” from my childhood. Now I want my first response to anything that causes me concern, anxiety, apprehension, or uneasiness to be prayer. My particular need on a given day may not be as dire as someone else’s, but nowhere in the Bible does it say God is unable to multitask. As a matter of fact, it says the opposite – He is omnipresent (exists everywhere all at once); omnipotent (all-powerful); and omniscient (all-knowing). Those are big words that mean He can and does handle it… ALL.
No prayer is too small. I regularly ask God to help me find things – keys, books, clothes, etc. And it usually goes like this: I will spend time looking feverishly for the item and then I’ll feel a gentle tug at my spirit… “Pray about it.” I can’t tell you how many times He has led my eyes to a proverbial needle in a haystack to find whatever was lost. I believe He has helped me find so many “inconsequential” things just to keep proving He cares about every detail of my life. And I think He does it with a smile every time.
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. He is not beholden to give us everything we ask for, just like parents don’t give their children, whom they love dearly, everything they ask for. Our asks may be met with a holy “yes”, a holy “no”, a holy “wait”, or a holy “I’ve got better planned for you than you even have the capacity to ask for.” Praise You, Jesus.
Bring everything to Him. Lay it all at His feet. Ask for His protective hand to be on every decision, every action, every thought and every word spoken. Nothing is too small (or too big) for God. Just ask.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21).
Dear Lord, thank You for not only being available to us, but desiring an intimate relationship with Your children. Please forgive me for making You so small and believing You have limits – Your power, Your blessings, Your forgiveness, Your love… You are limitless in Your capacity to be YOU. Lord, we ask for all of You. Lord, help us to give every bit of ourselves to You, taking everything to Your throne of grace. Thank You for the many places in Your Word inviting us to ASK You for our needs, wants, and desires. Lord, inform our asks and do Your will in our lives. We love You, Lord. Maranatha! Amen.
2 thoughts on “Does God Even Care About the Small Stuff?”
AMEN. ✝🛐 From my part, I talk, ask everything to God because He’s concerned, CARES about everything about us.
Thank you.. 🙏🏼, God bless
I absolutely love this, Julie. God has time for ALL our prayers, whether we consider them big or not. I love that you spent time in God’s word reading it in chapters and books rather than just verses. You’re running laps around me – just one verse a day is all I can manage just now but I’m hoping to read more in future xx