DVO May 11, 2019

Don’t Bother God With the Small Stuff

Scripture: Philippians 4: 6-7 (NKJV) Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and mind through Christ Jesus.

Time to Pray (Author Unknown)
I got up early one morning and rushed right into the day; I had so much to accomplish that I didn’t have time to pray. Problems just tumbled about me and heavier came each task. “Why doesn’t God help me?” I wondered. He answered, “You didn’t ask.” I wanted to see joy and beauty, but the day toiled on gray and bleak; I wondered why God didn’t show me. He said, “But you didn’t seek.” I tried to come into God’s presence; I used all my keys at the lock. God gently and lovingly chided, “My child, you didn’t knock. I woke up early this morning and paused before entering the day; I had so much to accomplish that I had to take time to pray

How is your prayer life? Do you jump out of bed and immediately start your day? Have you started driving to the office before you realize you didn’t stop to pray? Or are you that person who prays as soon as your eyes open — thankfully for being kept through the night and being awaken in the morning, but, as the day goes by that’s it, no more talking to God? Instead of taking everything to the Lord in prayer, you have decided that you don’t want to bother God with the small stuff. However, God has said in everything come to Him by prayer and supplication and with thanksgiving, let your request be known. God said in EVERYTHING not just the big stuff.

Consider with me what would happen if we came to God as He has directed. What if we asked God, “Lord, what should I eat?” We would be healthier. “Lord, what should I wear today on my interview?” We’d be more confident. “Lord, what way should I drive to work”? Trust me, He is better than the Ways App when it comes to directions. Nonetheless, many believe that God doesn’t want to be bothered with the small stuff. But God says be anxious for nothing, but in all things pray. This instruction has two absolutes – – God says, in all things pray and don’t worry about anything. That means nothing. Don’t be worried, concerned, nervous, uneasy, or uncertain about anything. Instead, in all things come to Him by prayer and supplication. In all things means even the small stuff. Can you imagine if we followed that direction? If Christians came to God with everything and listened to what God said life would be different. For example, if you come to God about what to wear to the interview you’d have on the perfect outfit. We aren’t bothering God when we pray, but we can be too busy to pray. Many times, taking the time to pray is bothersome to the believer not to God. It is the believer that tends to not have time to pray but God always has time to listen. Maybe it’s arrogance that causes us to think we don’t need to go to the Lord with certain things. Maybe we believe that He has equipped us well enough that we can handle the “small” stuff. Remember, it was the straw that broke the camel’s back. An item weighing less than an ounce broke the back of an animal that can carry up to 990lbs. It is often the small stuff that does us in. The Bible says we should pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17) and to take everything to God in prayer.

Remember, the hymn, What a friend we have in Jesus? The songwriter wrote: What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear! What a PRIVILEGE to carry EVERYTHING to God in prayer! It goes on to say, Oh, what peace we often forfeit, Oh, what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry EVERYTHING to God in prayer.
This entire song is about prayer and how our lives would be less stressful if we followed God’s instruction in Philippians 4: 6-7 and took everything to Him in prayer. Joseph M Scriven went on to write: Have you trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere? We should never be discouraged: Take it to the Lord in prayer. Can we find a friend so faithful, who will all our sorrows share? Jesus knows our every weakness; Take it to the Lord in prayer.

This song was birthed out of pain. The songwriter had seen his wife to be fall off her horse and drown. Afterward, he dedicated his life to serving and taking care of the less fortunate. After many years, he fell in love again; and right before he was to wed, his wife to be died from pneumonia. He then eventually became ill, and a friend who was visiting him found the poem he had written as comfort for his mother. After his death, a composer set the music to it. Let us not be like this songwriter and live our lives in agony and pain because we think God doesn’t want to be bothered with the small stuff.

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for allowing us to come directly to You in prayer. Lord, it is an honor to be able to talk to You about anything. We can come to You, broken, defeated, and lost and You will hear us. We can come to You joyful, happy, and blissful, and You will hear us. We suffer unnecessary pain because we fail to come to You. Thank you for being there when we finally come to our senses. Help us to remember that You care about everything about us, even the small stuff. But more than any we thank You for Your son, Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for our sins. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

(by Pat Towns)