During my college years I was visiting a church and they asked if anyone had any prayer requests. I raised my hand and said something like, “I need it to not rain on Tuesday because I’m moving.”
And then the teacher said something I won’t forget, “God doesn’t listen to the little things like that.”
I told him it was a pretty big deal to me. It’s my life and it’s where I live so it wasn’t a little request to me.
He told me not to bother God with stuff like that.
It had been raining and raining for weeks (which I LOVE) but I really needed a day without rain to move because my lease was up and the new apartment was ready.
When we were back in class the next Sunday he asked about prayer requests again. I said I have a praise. “God answered my prayer. Not only did He give me ONE day – He gave me TWO days without rain to move.”
And after I moved – it rained AGAIN for a few weeks.
I’m sure some would say it was coincidence.
Some could say the rain was already going to do that on those days and prayer had nothing to do with it.
So… it just happened that my lease ended, the new apartment was ready, my boxes were packed, and everything else just happened to be the same day (two days) as no rain… and it just happened that I prayed about the specific day and all that?
(And it even could be that I wasn’t the only one praying for no rain on Tuesday.)
What I know is that my God is very big and He absolutely DOES care about every detail of our lives. He listens to our prayers and He is a detail God.
If we don’t believe God hears us and will answer when we pray… then why pray?
[Note: EVEN IF I had not received a day (or two) without rain, I’d STILL praise God and would have moved (with soggy boxes) but I may not have felt moved to write about it. There are many prayers God answers in ways only He understands. I will trust Him no matter what.]