TUESDAY, APRIL 28
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.”
Philippians 4:6 (NLT2)
THE POWER OF PRAYER: EVERYTHING
When I was a little boy,” wrote H. P. Barker, “I used to help my mother store away apples. Putting my arms around ever so many, I tried to carry them all at once. I managed for a step or two, but then out fell one, and then another, and two or three more, till the apples were rolling all over the floor. Mother laughed. Putting my tiny hands around one apple, she then suggested that I take that one and then carry the others in the same way.”
Mr. Barker made the following application: “Don’t try to put your arms around a year or even a week. Rather say, `Here is another day begun. Lord, help me to live it for You. Give me just now the help and strength that I need. What good advice! How foolish it is to borrow trouble from tomorrow! We can trust God to meet our needs every day. So, let’s take just one “apple” at a time. (R.W. De Haan)
I think when Paul wrote the book of Philippians, he was telling the church to take things to God “one apple” at a time. Paul writes, “Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything.” Everything means everything without exception! Not just those “crisis” prayers. No time, no subject, no place is off limits for prayer. In everything, in each emergency, little or great, as it arises, pray; cultivate the habit of referring all things, great or small, to God in prayer.
Perhaps the crisis of covid-19 has led you to pray more than you have in a long time. One good thing that may come out of this is that we learn to not just pray when major events affect our nation but to pray when little things affect our day. What would you say are your “apples” today? Have you talked to God about them one at a time? Do it now.