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May 21, 2011

Praying For Small Things

by juju2112

From a post by Dr. Ray Pritchard on the American Family Association Blog:

This morning when I cleaned off my desk, I found a piece of lined yellow paper on which I had scribbled some notes. It appears to be a page of notes for a talk I gave, but in looking at it I can’t recall the occasion. I did notice that halfway down the page, I jotted down a prayer that I vaguely remember having seen somewhere:

“Lord, do something small.”


There is a certain wisdom behind the prayer, “Lord, do something small?”

First, it shakes us free of our addiction to bigness as the measure of success.
Second, it focuses us on the next step, not the end result.
Third, it reminds us that God’s ways are not our ways.

Fourthly, it lowers your standards so that you only expect things that could actually happen on their own through random chance. Praying to win $500 million or for someone you know to be raised from the dead isn’t likely to happen. If there were a God, it could happen, of course, but nevermind that.

Fifthly, it changes your expectations so that, rather than expecting a specific thing, you’ll accept anything even slightly unusual. Did a bird fly by? That was the miracle! Did it start raining? It’s a sign!

These are both important qualifications for believing in miracles. Don’t expect too much, and don’t expect anything specific. Widen your criteria as much as possible without actually realizing you’re doing it.

When God starts with something small, he may eventually make it into something big. And by starting small, he gets the credit when big things result.

Right. I almost forgot the last bit. One you start attributing all the random coincidences in your life to miracles, you’ve proven God to yourself right there. It’s then a small leap to start attributing things you know you accomplished yourself to actually having been the works of your deity.

One tiny bad idea slips by. You think it’s harmless. He can’t hurt much. But eventually, an entire skyscraper of completely sound logic ends up being built on top of the little fellow.

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