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By Andrew Greenhalgh, Life Group leader, Jubilee Church Wirral
Matthew 10:29: “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.”
As I sat down to write this blog, my long-suffering wife set off to pick up our children from school.
Ten minutes later, I received a text asking me to pray. There was no umbrella in the car and the heavens had opened. She faced being soaked to the skin. Not a good thing.
So, naturally, I prayed for the rain to stop and for my wife to be able to pick up my son from school without getting drenched.
And, what do you know? It worked. The rain ceased before she had to get out of the car and all was well.
I felt this was an appropriate subject for a blog because I know for an actual fact that some people struggle to pray for certain things, or certainly to ask for prayer.
Some of us seem to have an idea that God is only interested in the big stuff. Yes, it’s fine to pray for whether or not you should take that job, they reason, but asking for help getting a good night’s sleep or finding a car parking space? Don’t be ridiculous. God’s not interested in little details like that!
Well, that’s just not true. God is interested in every tiny detail of our lives. The Bible reminds us on various occasions about God’s attention to detail:
Psalm 147:4: He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.
Matthew 10: 30: And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Jesus wants to have an intimate relationship with every single one of us, and that means telling Him every detail of our lives and asking for His help.
Sometimes He will leave us to make our own decisions, and sometimes He will not provide us with the answers we are looking for. But that doesn’t mean He doesn’t want to hear what we have to say.
We can also be terrible judges of whether or not something is a big deal or not. As a Life Group leader, I can think of many an occasion when people have eventually asked for prayer for something that’s been going on for some time. When asked why they hadn’t asked for prayer for it before, they’ve often responded with something along the lines of “I didn’t think it was very important!”
Cue mass incredulity in the room and responses of “Don’t be daft! That’s what we’re here for and if it’s on your mind then we want to pray for it!”
Ultimately, not asking God for help is like saying we don’t think He can help in this situation. And none of us seriously believes that, do we?
So do me a favour, would you? Ask God for help in all situations. He wants to play an active role in our lives and you never know what might happen.
Andrew Greenhalgh with his wife Julie
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Helen on the importance of Friends and what God has to say about them in the Bible.
Andrew on evangelism, how we are all evangelists whether we like it or not, and how to evangelise easily.
Dawne on the parable of the lost sheep and the lessons we can take from it as followers of Jesus and members of His flock.
Yvonne on loss and how God has helped her deal with the loss of her mum and the impending departure of her eldest son to his first job
Nicki on serving at Newday and the impact it has had on all three Frodsham children and many, many others
Simon on the frustrations of not being able to get to sleep properly, and the Bible verses that help him stand firm against sleeplessness.
Gerry on how easy it is to be drawn into gossip. “If you can’t say anything positive, don’t say anything at all” isn’t just good advice, it’s Biblical wisdom.
Sylvia on being an encourager: “God knows our troubles. When we open up to Him, He’ll use other people to encourage us through His word.”
Lynne on doing what God wants us to do even when we really don’t want to do it – and why it’s important
Chris on the power of our words and how having a relationship with Jesus can give us the power of the right word at the right time.
Helen on why Psalms have taken the place of Proverbs as her favourite book of the Bible
Andrew Greenhalgh on being much better at giving advice than at taking it – and what happens as a result.
Chantal Robertson on how God and the gospel of Christ has never changed over time – even though the way we package it has.
Nicki on how she was planning to work in the marketing and advertising industry until God led her in a different direction.
Dawne challenges us to look at life with the enthusiasm, joy and exuberance of her Macedonian dog Floki and find joy in the everyday.
Jen on how taking the Alpha Course because she had nothing better to do on a Tuesday afternoon led to a life-changing wheelchair for her daughter Daisy and many others.
Gerry on how her ideas of what love truly is have changed over the years, and how love can be so much more than a feeling.
Matt Wilson on how God is weaving a tapestry – and knows what that looks like. He can see the big picture. Our part is to trust him with the threads he has given us.
Denise Griffiths on resolutions and why she has resolved not to make the usual New Year’s resolutions such as giving up chocolate, eating healthier or doing more exercise!
Vernon on the transience of life, and how, through all suffering, God’s steadfast love has the capacity to satisfy us every morning.
Andrew Greenhalgh on how he ended up going to church on Christmas morning for the first time at the age of 11 – and what it has taught him.
Helen on how preparations for Christmas vary from family to family and country to country. And what happened to Helen’s Lindt advent chocolates?