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When My Prayers Seem Trivial - Encouragement for Today - May 13, 2016

Leah DiPascal

May 13, 2016

When My Prayers Seem Trivial
LEAH DIPASCAL

Call to Me and I will answer you, and tell you [and even show you] great and mighty things, [things which have been confined and hidden], which you do not know and understand and cannot distinguish.” Jeremiah 33:3 (AMP)

I could tell by the look on his face that my little guy was upset about something. Kneeling down I asked, “What’s wrong, Brody?”

“I can’t find my game, and I’ve looked everywhere!”

Feeling confident it was somewhere in the house, I agreed to help him look. We rummaged through closets and toy boxes. I combed through every room in the house, while Brody frantically searched all the dresser drawers.

After 20 minutes, I started thinking maybe the treasured toy had been accidentally left at school or lost during one of our many errands.

My heart ached as I watched the tears puddle up in my sweet boy’s eyes. So I asked, “Brody, have you prayed and asked Jesus to help you find it?”

“No Mom … will you pray for me?”

Huddled together we paused and prayed, calling on the One who has all the answers. We asked Him to reveal exactly where the game was mysteriously hiding.

As I wiped the tears from Brody’s eyes, we agreed that it was now time to wait and trust Jesus to answer our prayers when the time was right.

I knew this wouldn’t be easy. Brody was still longing to have his treasured item back, and asking an 8-year-old boy to trust in an invisible God was a big request that required even greater faith.

Ten minutes later, I heard him running down the hall. “I found it! I found it!!”

With pure joy beaming from his face, Brody waved the lost item in his hands.

“Where was it, Brody?”

“In my sleeping bag,” he said.

“How did you know it was in your sleeping bag?”

Looking at me with a countenance of confidence he said, “Jesus told me it was there!”

We hugged and celebrated together — thanking God for answering our prayers.

Losing something so small might seem trivial to some. But to my little boy, it was a very big deal. And watching how Jesus made Himself real to Brody that day was a very big deal to me.

We both learned an important lesson. Today’s key verse reminds us of God’s faithfulness when we call upon Him:

“Call to Me and I will answer you, and tell you [and even show you] great and mighty things, [things which have been confined and hidden], which you do not know and understand and cannot distinguish” (Jeremiah 33:3).

God invites us to call out to Him when we need answers. He promises to teach us things we don’t understand and even show us things that have been hidden.

I’ve discovered that these “things” can be spiritual truths, which He shows us in His Word or practical things like giving Brody a thought to check his sleeping bag which he hadn’t used in weeks.

God loves us. He cares enough to speak to us about the little and big things in our lives. There is nothing we care about that God doesn’t want us to bring to Him.

Have you lost something you love and long to have it back? Are you rummaging through life looking for answers and not sure what to do next?

If it’s a big deal to you, then it’s a big deal to God. He wants you to come to Him about everything. No request is too small. No problem you face is too trivial or insignificant for God.

He’s invited you to ask, so ask and trust that He will answer.

Heavenly Father, sometimes I don’t want to bother You with the small problems I’m facing in life. I often wonder if they seem trivial or if I’m wasting Your time asking for help. Thank You for inviting me to come and ask You about anything. The big issues and the small ones. Thank You for loving me and reminding me what matters to me does matter to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Psalm 17:6-7a, “I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God. Bend down and listen as I pray. Show me your unfailing love in wonderful ways.” (NLT)

RELATED RESOURCES:
Prayers for a Woman’s Soul, by Julie K. Gillies, is an inspiring book that will teach wives, mothers, friends, sisters and daughters how to cover themselves with prayer on a regular basis. This soul-pampering journey will rejuvenate, refresh and revive a woman’s soul!

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REFLECT AND RESPOND:
Are you trying to solve a problem on your own because it seems too trivial or insignificant to ask for God’s help?

Take time now to share whatever is bothering you (no matter how big or small) with God. Ask Him to show you what to do next, and trust that He will answer.

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