You know how when you have a staring contest with a cat? Or maybe you did that with a sibling or friend when you were a kid, or maybe an adult. (This doesn’t include the aspect of who can keep their eyes open the longest.)
Imagine having a thinking contest. With God. Imagine the whole world vs. God. God would win. And he would like it. He would know everyone’s thoughts. It would be easy.
Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
his understanding has no limit.
I want to encourage those who may be under the impression that God doesn’t care about the little things in your life, or has bigger things to deal with. God created us to be in relationship with him, and he wants to constantly hear those who are his children talk to him, think about him, ask him things, and even complain. God never says, “Not now; I’m busy.” Or, “Quit your whining!” I suppose this is a good reminder for everyone.
So after writing all of that, I’ll let Scripture speak for itself. The idea for this post first came when I read the first verse on the list below. These are purposely pulled out of context (except the last one) to get the message across, but I would encourage anyone to look at the context of any of the verses you may not be familiar with. I’m using God’s Word translation, except where noted.
If you have any to add, please post them in a comment, or anything else you’d like to write.
Morning, noon, and night I complain and groan,
and He listens to my voice.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Ephesians 6:18 NIV
Continue in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
Colossians 4:2 ESV
Never stop praying.
1 Thessalonians 5:17
We always pray that our God will make you worthy of his call. We also pray that through his power he will help you accomplish every good desire and help you do everything your faith produces.
2 Thessalonians 1:11
I constantly remember you in my prayers night and day when I thank God, whom I serve with a clear conscience as my ancestors did.
2 Timothy 1:3
Turn all your anxiety over to God because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7
Jesus used this illustration with his disciples to show them that they need to pray all the time and never give up. He said, “In a city there was a judge who didn’t fear God or respect people. In that city there was also a widow who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice.’ “For a while the judge refused to do anything. But then he thought, ‘This widow really annoys me. Although I don’t fear God or respect people, I’ll have to give her justice. Otherwise, she’ll keep coming to me until she wears me out.'” The Lord added, “Pay attention to what the dishonest judge thought. Won’t God give his chosen people justice when they cry out to him?
to persist obstinately in–Liddell-Scott