As I prayed, the thoughts shot through my mind so quickly that they were barely identifiable:
Your concerns are insignificant.
That’s too small to even pray about.
This issue doesn’t really affect the kingdom, why would God care about it?
Maybe these thoughts were a spiritual attack. Maybe they were scars from a childhood sitting under preachers who implied that we earned God’s love through our actions. Either way, I found myself believing that God didn’t care about my prayers…that God didn’t really care about me at all.
Until the Holy Spirit highlighted two words in my heart.
A Lie About Prayer That I Had Internalized
When I would try to pray, I would become distracted by a line of logic that was crippling: This world is a mess. There are people struggling to afford food and basic needs. Children are being tortured and killed by oppressive regimes. Tragic natural disasters have destroyed whole cities and countries. I should save my prayers for the big needs in the world. My concerns were unworthy of God’s attention.
I desperately wanted God’s help with my day-to-day life, my job situation, and my marriage, but I wondered: Is it selfish to even speak these tiny needs to him when I should probably spend my time praying for the big problems in the world?
The Words That Brought Confidence
In this spiral of doubt, the Holy Spirit brought to mind two verses:
Cast all your anxieties on Him, for He cares for you.
Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
I realized then what powerful weapons God had given me in these words. These words assured me that He cares about me, His precious daughter, and He cares about all the tiny things in my day. He wants to hear everything.
Now when those crippling doubts interrupt my prayer time, I silence them with the truth of God’s word.
Pray with Confidence
There’s no threshold of importance with God. We don’t have to concern ourselves with presenting only the most important or the most urgent petitions to God. Nothing is insignificant to him. He wants to hear it all. He cares about everything. And that is incredibly encouraging to me.We don't have to filter our prayer requests by priority or urgency. God cares about it all. Click To Tweet
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16
What words or verses help you come confidently to God in prayer?