As context for this blog post I was at work today and having to go through a pile of seventy receipts and check each one of them against a computer record. It is a boring task though in time terms it might only take five minutes, still they are a very dull five minutes, and so almost idly I prayed that I would come across the receipt that was wrong soon rather than it being the last one I checked. I processed a few more than saw that a receipt had fallen onto my lap, I stifled an irrational hope that this receipt would be ‘the one’ and checked it to find that amazingly enough it was. Coincidence, most would say but it wasn’t, there was a cause and effect: my prayer and then God’s answer.
But the question is: did my prayer dishonour God? Did praying about something so small, so insignificant and petty, something that was purely for my own sake and no one else’s, something that saved me a mere few minutes, did this dishonour God? Considering the power, majesty, strength, wisdom and infinite glory of our Creator God how can I pray petty little prayers?
I would argue no for this idea is not found anywhere in the Bible, more we are actually commanded to bring everything before God in prayer:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Philippians 4 v 6