I feel so many heavy needs lately.
I am part of a handful of groups including brain aneurysm groups and a TBI (traumatic brain injury) group. There is such pain and frustration there. I’m also part of a local prayer group and a friend prayer group. Life happens, and it hurts my heart to hear what these women are going through and need prayer for. I hear prayer requests from family, friends, as well as strangers. There are unbelievable tragedies and heartbreak, extreme suffering and frightening unknowns.
I think of all those needs, and that isn’t even including my own prayer needs. It’s all so much — just too much at times. I find myself wondering, How can God handle it all? Does He have a limit? Does He need to take a break sometimes? Can I just keep adding request after request?
Then I remind myself that is just my human thinking. Boy, am I grateful for that! God has no limits. It is impossible for us to comprehend, and we don’t need to understand how He does it. We just need to trust that He does. He is all-knowing and all-loving.
Nothing is ever too much for Him. But there are also times when I feel like I shouldn’t waste His time with prayers that seem so small compared to what I know someone else needs. Do you ever feel this way?
Again, that is my human thinking, and again, I’m so grateful for that truth! If it matter to us, it matters to Him. He cares about the little just as much as the big. God is faithful and loving. We can call on Him anytime, and He wants us to bring it all to Him — all occasions, all kinds of prayers, and all requests!
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on prayer for all the Lord’s people.
Ephesians 6:18 (NIV)
He actually invites us to call to Him, and He promises to teach us things we don’t know — how amazing is that! The invitation doesn’t come with stipulations and restrictions. He doesn’t say to call Him only if you can’t handle it yourself or to call only if it’s a life-or-death situation. God simply says to call Him, so trust Him with that and come to Him with anything.
Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.
Jeremiah 33:3 (ESV)
No prayer is too small. No prayer is too big. Remember there is such power in prayer, even in the simplest of prayers. Prayer makes life-changing differences. We don’t need to know how; we just need to come to Him with our full, open heart, and He will hear.
I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.
Psalm 17:6 (NIV)
You are God’s child. Give Him those heavy needs and prayers, all of them. And then, this is important: leave them with Him. He’s got it! That’s right, don’t go picking them back up and carrying them around with you. He’s got it!