I’ve heard the expression, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” I get what the people mean when they say it, like the little things that can drive you crazy when you dwell on them. But, if your like me a lot of times those little things grow into big things, and when that happens we say to ourselves, “I should have taken care of this when it was a smaller problem.”
A couple of weeks ago I was talking to my son on the phone. As we were talking we talked about some of the “small stuff” in our lives. To tell you the truth, I don’t even remember what “small stuff” we were talking about. But, then my son said that he had been challenged about praying for the small things. It seems so often that when we pray we pray for the “big things” in our lives. As we talked he gave an example that seems to touch everyone in someone. Cancer. There probably isn’t a prayer meeting when someone brings a prayer request for someone with cancer. That is awesome that we are praying for one another. But so often we pray for only the big things. And then we hear of people’s faith is shaken because God hasn’t answered that prayer of curing the person’s cancer. God cares for us. It says in that he knows how many hairs are on our head, that we are more valuable than sparrows. He wants us to share with him not only the big stuff but also the small stuff. How many times when we have a headache, we just pop in some ibuprofen and go on with our day. I’m a baby when it comes to headaches, I pop in the ibuprofen and try to take a nap. Do you pray asking God to relieve you of the headache? I know that I really don’t. A headache is small, cancer is huge. My son said, “Dad, just think what our faith would look like if we took time to pray for the small things in our lives. God answering those things would only strengthen our faith.”
This is a huge challenge for me. Prayer is an area that I have struggled with. I’d say it is because I was waiting for the big stuff to pray for. I felt my stuff was insignificant.
So yeah, we don’t have to sweat the small things, we don’t have to let those things drive us crazy. We should take time to pray to our Father. Pray on a regular basis, not just when the big stuff hits. Pray for the small stuff, and watch your faith grow.
10:1 And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. 2 The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
5 These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, 6 but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay. 9 Acquire no gold nor silver nor copper for your belts, 10 no bag for your journey, nor two tunics nor sandals nor a staff, for the laborer deserves his food. 11 And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. 12 As you enter the house, greet it. 13 And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 14 And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town. 15 Truly, I say to you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.
16 “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. 17 Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues, 18 and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them and the Gentiles. 19 When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. 20 For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. 21 Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death, 22 and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 23 When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next, for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
24 “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25 It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household.
26 “So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 27 What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. 28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. 32 So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, 33 but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.
34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. 37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
40 “Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. 41 The one who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and the one who receives a righteous person because he is a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. 42 And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.” (ESV)
17 pray without ceasing, (ESV)