If we feel that there is a priority of prayer, our impression of God needs some modification. We disregard God’s power, His willingness to hear, His omnipresence, and His love for us when we seek to conserve our prayers to Him.
Note from Kip,
When I hear Christians say things like “My request is too small”, “My request is too big”, “Other’s have greater need than I do”, and “God knows so I’ll just leave it in His hands”; I wonder what their view of God is in regard to capacity and ability.
I — I am the Lord.
Besides me, there is no Savior.
I alone declared, saved, and proclaimed — and not some foreign god among you.
So you are my witnesses — this is the Lord’s declaration — and I am God.
Isaiah 43:11-12 (CSB)
If our view of God is so narrow that we consider that his ability is restricted to His capacity to hear and respond to prayer, or that our prayer requests are so trivial that God should not be bothered with them, we have a flawed concept of God.
Does God Desire Our Supplication?
Most of us would immediately answer this in the affirmative. Why is it then in our practice we find the need to filter our prayers to only the ‘important’ things? If we know this, why do we consider it ‘bothering God’ to tell him every single thing that is on our hearts? If our supplication is something God desires, why is that we think we are bothering Him with some things that are less important?
There isn’t a sliding scale of prayer significance that we have to hold our prayers up to in order to validate if they are worthy of God’s consideration.
If we harbor such ideas we simply don’t understand just how much He loves us and how much he wants to be interactive in our lives.
Minor Prophet – Major Message
The Lord your God is among you, a warrior who saves.
He will rejoice over you with gladness.
He will be quiet in his love.
He will delight in you with singing.
Zephaniah 3:17 (CSB)
Zephaniah gives us a refreshing view of just how much God loves us and derives joy from our interaction with Him.
There is a lot to gather from this single verse.
A. God is with us
B. He’s our rescuer
C. He is glad that we are His people.
D. His love for us is broad and deep.
E. He’s so delighted in us that He bursts into song as a result.
Not the God you had in mind?
It is the God consistent with His actions throughout history. A God that so loved us that He created us, despite knowing the betrayal we would harbor in our hearts and the pain He would suffer to redeem His possession. He Loved us so that He was not just willing but eager to sacrifice Himself to protect us from the harm of death and sin. That love has propelled every interaction He has had with His creation from the dawn of creation and will continue till the end of time as we know it. He rejoices “over you with gladness.”
We just don’t get it at times.
He’s all-powerful!, He’s everywhere, He knows all things, there is nothing that isn’t in His capacity to do and He can do an unlimited number of things concurrently. He isn’t limited to focus on one thing, for that matter He isn’t limited to focus on billions of things at a time.
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Matthew 19:26 (CSB)
If we truly believe the words of Jesus when he says “with God all things are possible“, we betray ourselves. When we assume the position that He is unwilling or incapable of hearing our prayers let along addressing our concerns and supplications, grossly limits our view of who God is.
What’s the Problem?
If we don’t have that narrow view of who God is and persist in restricting certain prayers from Him there must be another issue.
The only thing I can imagine is that we think He doesn’t care to hear from us.
This is the confidence we have before him: If we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears whatever we ask, we know that we have what we have asked of him.
1 John 5:14-15 (CSB)
John used the word ‘anything’. Not just some things and not others. It is conditional, we need to be asking in accordance with His will, but that should be coming to us as a natural extension of being His Disciple and following Him and His commands.
Perhaps we are outside of that will. Then the appropriate thing is to repent and not be conformed to the world but transformed by the renewing of our minds.
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your cares on him, because he cares about you.
1 Peter 5:6-7 (CSB)
“Casting all your cares on him“. Not just the important things, not just what we think we need help with, not restricting things too big or too small for Him to be bothered with.
In All Things
God doesn’t have a different version of the word ‘all’. All means all. Period. End of debate.
Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (CSB)
Do the words, always, constantly, and everything reflect any limitation on these directives? Are we with our actions inserting content that isn’t there?
If that isn’t the case then….
When should you not rejoice?
When is prayer not part of it?
What is the exclusion for giving thanks?
Don’t put boundaries around God and don’t restrict your prayers to Him. Doing either indicates a lack of trust in His abilities and denies His Word. That is a place no Christian should find themselves in.
“He cares about you” and He has “Unlimited Capacity!”