This morning when I cleaned off my desk, I found a piece of lined yellow paper on which I had scribbled some notes. It appears to be a page of notes for a talk I gave, but in looking at it I can’t recall the occasion. I did notice that halfway down the page, I jotted down a prayer that I vaguely remember having seen somewhere:
“Lord, do something small.”
That prayer caught my attention because it goes against our natural inclination. We like the big, bold, dramatic move of God. I understand the feeling. I may have said something like this myself: “If you’re going to pray, you mighty as well pray a big prayer.”
But bigness relates only to us, not to God.
The one who spoke the vast galaxies into place is not likely to be awed by our “big” prayers. “Big” and “small” are purely human concepts.
What does the Creator of the universe regard at “big"? Which is harder for him, to create a supernova or to design a baby blue robin’s egg?
There is a certain wisdom behind the prayer, “Lord, do something small?”
First, it shakes us free of our addiction to bigness as the measure of success.
Second, it focuses us on the next step, not the end result.
Third, it reminds us that God’s ways are not our ways.
He can do a lot with a little. Goliath learned that the hard way.
When God starts with something small, he may eventually make it into something big. And by starting small, he gets the credit when big things result.
So here’s a good prayer for today. “Lord, do something small.”
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About Dr. Ray Pritchard
Dr. Ray Pritchard is the president of Keep Believing Ministries, in Internet-based ministry serving Christians in 225 countries. He is the author of 27 books, including Stealth Attack, Fire and Rain, Credo, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, An Anchor for the Soul and Why Did This Happen to Me? Ray and Marlene, his wife of 37 years, have three sons-Josh, Mark and Nick, two daughters-in-law--Leah and Vanessa, and two grandsons--Knox and Eli. His hobbies include biking, surfing the Internet, and anything related to the Civil War.
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