There’s something utterly powerful about knowing we can go to God with anything, isn’t there? He’s there in the biggest, most difficult times—divorce, death, a cancer diagnosis, the end of a job or a friendship, a life-changing decision, the battlefront. But He’s also there in the tiny moments—the worries, the fears, the insecurities, the frustration.
Sometimes, we feel guilty about asking God to watch over us during a baseball game, or to give us patience before responding in anger to our spouse, child, or coworker. We think we might be “wasting God’s time,” as though God has a finite capacity to love or care.
But we know God’s love for us is beyond compare and has no end. It’s eternal and boundless. There is nothing we can do to earn it, either—it just is.
One of the most comforting Bible verses for me is Luke 11:9, when Jesus reminds the disciples, “And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you” (NLT).
Jesus’s words come after He urges disciples to be persistent in prayer, using as an example the story of knocking on a friend’s door to borrow three loaves of bread. The friend shouts down, “Don’t bother me. The door is locked for the night, and my family and I are all in bed” (11:7), but Jesus tells us if we keep knocking long enough, the friend “will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence” (11:8).
When I first read the verse and story, I misunderstood. I thought it was implying my nagging prayers would eventually “make” God cave to my demands, somewhat like I used to be tempted to cave when my three-year-old daughter would howl at the top of her lungs for a treat at the grocery store. But I’m not some petulant preschooler, and God’s no weak-minded human parent. He’s God, King of kings, ruler of the universe, almighty and all-powerful.
Persistence in prayer is about us. Persistence isn’t effective because God eventually succumbs to our will. Rather, the truth of the story is that persistence is a lesson for us. It shows we are all-in, that we are willing to depend on God for everything in our lives, that we understand and acknowledge He alone can grant us our desires.
When it comes to faith, there’s no such thing as halfway. We can’t just dip a toe in and be fully in love with God. We need a passionate faith, the kind of faith that doesn’t stop and doesn’t back down. We must be willing to fight for God and surrender everything we are and have to His power and glory.
Do you ever resist praying about the “little things” because you think God wants to hear only about the big stuff? Think again: Who are we to decide what’s big and small?
God rules over everything, and we need to go to Him in all things… over and over, no matter what. Amen, and thanks be to God!