Once, when my youngest daughter was five, we purchased a large jar of pickles. Upon returning from the store, she immediately wanted one. After several failed attempts at opening the stubborn jar, I sighed and said: “We might have to wait for Daddy to get home and help with this thing!”
Within a minute, I heard a small voice echo from the living room.
“Dear Lord,” my daughter said. “Please help mama open the pickle jar. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
Almost instantly, the jar lid opened with a loud POP! We could not believe it. To see the expression of shock and triumph on her little face was a blessing I recall in my mind often.
So many times in my life I have neglected to go to God about something because I felt it was too insignificant. Other people certainly have more important prayer concerns. Such a big God has better things to do, right?
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” Ephesians 6:18a (NIV)
It seems my five-year-old has a better grasp of prayer than I do. What I need to remember is that, yes, He is God of the big things. He’s God of the little things, too – even pickle jars.
I really love this. I think children’s prayers have such power because of their amazing, untainted faith.