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Praying for Others–Part 2

February 20, 2020
By Joshua Stines

When it comes to praying for others, which is more important—praying for the big things in life or the small things? There was a time in my life when I thought God cared more about the bigger requests than the smaller ones ... and when our prayers for the bigger requests like healings, miracles, and solving world hunger were answered, that’s when we would see our faith grow.

More recently, however, I have had to bring this thinking into question. As a result of my experience, I have begun to see that God cares also about the smaller things in life. In last week’s post, we talked about the importance of listening in and being in tune with God and His purposes for the world. When we do that, Foster says that we "will learn the importance of beginning with smaller things like colds or earaches” (Foster 1998, 39).

The more we become in tune with God, the more we see that He, in fact, does care about the small things (in addition to the big things!). Knowing this gives us confidence when praying for others, especially about the small things. And when we see that our prayers for the small things do get answered, our faith grows. Foster writes, “Success in the small corners of life gives us authority in the larger matters” (Ibid.).

As you come face to face this week with the needs of those around you, take confidence in knowing that God cares about each request, no matter the size. When praying for requests on behalf of others—requests that could be considered small to you—remember that those requests could seem incredibly large to them. In the end, I think we might be pleasantly surprised at what God can do and what He truly cares about.


Foster, Richard. Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1998.