Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)
My prayer life was geared to saving up praying for the Big Stuff. Like, it would be silly to pray for a parking spot. But this past winter the Spirit started to prompt me to pray for small things.
Let me give you two examples that kicked this off.
First was a computer fix, my wife’s laptop looked like it was dead in the water. Instead of taking it right to the repair shop, I felt led to pray for an easy solution…so I Googled and found out that sticking a paper clip into a little hole on the back of her computer might work…then…answered small prayer… the computer came back to life !
Second was buying the right Christmas tree. I was pretty sure the little trees at our nearby Acme would be all sold out, so I was already asking my wife “Where will we look next?” But then came a leading to pray for a tree anyway…….and lo and behold there just happened to be one left….
Praying for the computer and the tree was fine but these little prayers pointed to something more important as they showed that I needed to pray about something else that I thought was little. I am talking about a bad attitude.
My worst attitude is when my thoughts get filled with vague grumbling, murmuring, or complaining. Before, I had not viewed that kind of low-key whining as even worth praying about, since at first glance it seems like no big deal. But God takes grumbling seriously, and complaining leads to falling into a vortex of negative thoughts— thoughts that revolve around me and what I deserve and how I should be treated….then I become like the little critter being sucked into the whirlpool in the picture.
But praying for the Lord to change my whining thoughts reverses the whirlpool…I head up and away from it being all about me and increasingly towards — loving God and people !
What do you think is not important enough to pray about ?