Praying the Small Stuff

November 24, 2010 by  
Filed under Daily Devotions, Worship

By Carin LeRoy –

I remember as a little girl that my Mom would pray about all the trivial things in life. Like, “Lord, can you help me find a parking spot?” Sure enough, we’d find the perfect place. Or, “Lord, can you help me find my keys?” Growing up, I used to think it strange that my mother would pray about such things, and even thought it was silly. I thought we could figure those things out without bothering God. But as I grew older I realized that God does care about even the smallest concern, and He loves for us to involve Him in our lives.

For my daughter’s wedding a few years ago, I needed to find yards and yards of material to decorate the reception. Being on a tight budget, I decided to look in Wal-Mart at their discounted fabrics. Praying hard, I walked over to the $1.00 per yard table. Sure enough, there were several bolts of a white material and the perfect color for her table centerpieces and runners for the buffet table. I walked out of the store spending less than $50 for everything I’d bought. Her wedding reception was beautifully decorated with all the inexpensive material. I don’t doubt that God helped me find exactly what I needed for the price I could afford.

I believe God loves to orchestrate things for us. Imagine my surprise and delight when I found exactly what I needed. I also believe that God was smiling when He had answered my prayer and made my day. I am reminded of the verse that says, “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are attentive to their cry” (Psalms 34:15 NIV). God hears our prayers no matter what our concern might be. I believe He loves to answer them. It’s another one of the ways that He shows His power and love for us.

Do you think to pray about the little things in your life? Let’s remember to ask God even about the small stuff. God would love to surprise you with an answer!

PRAYER: Father, thank You that You are concerned about small things going on in my life. Keep me mindful that You love to surprise me with answers to my prayers. Help me to include You more in my daily life and concerns.

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of Him” (I John 5:14,15 NIV).

Today’s devotional is by Carin LeRoy, wife to Dale, mother of three grown children and one high school teenager. She has served as a missionary with PIONEERS since 1982. Her passions are family, playing and teaching piano, missions, and writing stories that show glimpses of God.

About Carin LeRoy

Today's devotional is by Carin LeRoy, wife to Dale and mother of three grown children and one almost-grown teenager. She has been a missionary with Pioneers since 1982. Her passions are family, missions, piano, and writing to challenge others to live faithful lives for God.


5 Responses to “Praying the Small Stuff”
  1. Robin J. Steinweg says:

    That’s beautiful, Carin, and so true! Today is set aside for giving thanks–I thank Him for the small and large answers to prayer. Thank YOU for this message!

  2. Susan Dollyhigh says:

    He gave me a parking spot just last week! :)

  3. Carin. I love this devotional thought and the reminder that there are no small prayer requests because our very BIG God wants to lavish us with blessings. Why is it we see God in the big miracle-sized blessings but we sometimes forget to see Him or acknowledge Him when He answers these little bitsy prayer hints we drop on Him? What’s really cool is, it’s not even so much about what we GET from God, it’s the fact that He is present in it all and we are in discussion with Him through it all. Enjoying the small stuff means we get even MORE opportunities to enjoy the GOD of the answered prayer! Sorry—you got me going and I just couldn’t stop. Thanks for pumping me up!

  4. Sharri Kendrick says:

    I’m thankful that God gave me a friend named Carin!

  5. Patty says:

    Great devotional! I love when God answers those spur of the moment prayers!

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