Scripture reading: Ephesians 3:14–21
Key verse: Psalm 55:17
Evening and morning and at noon
I will pray, and cry aloud,
And He shall hear my voice.
Some people are afraid to ask God for the little things. They think that somehow He is too big and too busy to care about the trivialities of their lives. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Catherine Marshall explains in her book Adventures in Prayer:
Oddly, we who are afraid to ask that the pain of rheumatism be removed or a lost contact lens be found, often do not hesitate to pray for world peace or the salvation of souls or a revival to change the face of our time. It never occurs to us that if God’s power is lacking for these everyday prayers, His power to handle big, all-inclusive petitions will be lacking too.
In order to make sure that we are not retreating from the tension of faith, it is helpful to ask ourselves as we pray, “Do I really expect anything to happen?” This will prevent us from going window-shopping in prayer. At times window-shopping can be enjoyable, but there it ends …
So we decide to ask His help with some small immediate need. Our asking is like stepping into a tiny anteroom. Taking a hesitant step forward, we discover that the anteroom leads into the King’s spacious reception hall.
To our astonishment, the King Himself comes forward to meet us, offering a gift so momentous as to be worthy only of the King.
Lord, thank You for the invitation to come into Your presence to meet and fellowship with You.