Many of us might feel silly or childish going to God with what we think are small concerns. Others of us may fail to ask His forgiveness because we have gone to Him so many times in the past with the same plea for the same sin. Yet, in refusing to go to God with the small things or with repeat offenses that you feel like a hypocrite over, you are acting against the Lord’s will.
“Great is our Lord and mighty in power; His understanding has no limit.” – Psalm 147:5
Psalm 147:5 is a great reminder that it doesn’t matter how silly we think our prayer is or how small we think our worry is. His understanding is infinite and His compassion will extend to us. He will understand perfectly why a certain issue is on our mind and why we struggle with repeated sins. If we are convicted of our sins, He will see that conviction in our hearts and will be glad every time we come back to Him for forgiveness. God hates sin, yes, but He relishes in our acceptance of our fallen nature and embracing of the help He offers. This is true even if we fail to resist the same sin repeatedly. However, God’s understanding and willingness to forgive is not an excuse to indulge in any sin.
“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'” – Matthew 19:26
The key word in Matthew 19:26 is “all.” It perfectly describes what God has control over. He feeds the birds of the air and provides for the ants under our feet and He didn’t even create them in His image! However, He did create us in His image and He considers us a great creation (Psalms 8:4-5). Therefore, He will do so much more for us than He will for mere beasts and insects. He is God of all, even of your smallest concerns, discomforts, and repeated sin.
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” – Ephesians 6:18
I like Ephesians 6:18 because it leaves nothing to question. With what are we to go to God in prayer? “All kinds of prayers and requests.” Our common language today often uses the phrase “all kinds” to refer to an assortment or variety of different things. In Ephesians 6:18 on the other hand, I believe it is used literally. God truly wants us to go to Him with all kinds of prayers and requests, leaving nothing out. This doesn’t mean we should pray for, or request, anything impure. Philippians 4:8 makes it clear what we are to think on and desire, therefore our prayers and requests should reflect these good and holy things.
Perhaps most importantly, Ephesians 6:18 displays God’s command for us to come to Him with our concerns and requests for forgiveness. He doesn’t want us to feel anything is too small for His notice and attention or that trouble with repeated sin disqualifies us from His compassion or grace. So be sure to honor His command and go to Him with every single thing you can, even if you feel embarrassed or like a hypocrite. God is God of all, and that means all.
What are your thoughts on prayer? Do you have any favorite verses that help you in going to God in prayer?