“And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that you would bless me indeed and enlarge my territory…..” (I Chronicles 4:10).
Throughout the Bible, there are innumerable small prayers. Even though they are small, they are powerful. The prayer may be big or small but when it comes out from the bottom of the heart with faith, God definitely answers them.
Elijah who challenged Baal prophet stood on the Mount Carmel and prayed, “Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You are the Lord God, and that you have turned their hearts back to You again” (I Kings 18:37). Immediately God heard the prayer and made the fire fall from the heaven. When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The Lord is God, The Lord is God “.
When King Hezekiah was ill and was fighting for life, he wept bitterly and prayed, “Remember now, O Lord, I pray, how I have walked before you in truth and with a loyal heart, and have done what is good in your sight” (Isaiah 38:3). God heard the prayer and immediately added fifteen years to the king’s lifespan.
When Samson the judge turned into a person of mockery, fun and amusement in the hands of the Philistines, He prayed, “O Lord God, remember me, I pray! Strengthen me, I pray, just this once, O God, that I may with one blow take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes” (Judges 16:28). He received back the lost strength and even in that last moment of life, he destroyed the Philistines, his enemies.
The tax collector who stood at a distance and prayed ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner’, went home as a righteous man. The criminal who prayed, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” received the blessing of the paradise.
During your prayer time, you have to pray earnestly. You have to struggle and pray; you should pray tirelessly. At the same time, how blessed it is to keep on praying small prayers continually for the whole day.
Dear children of God, let every heartbeat of yours be a prayer. Let every breath be a prayer. Let all your thoughts, ideas and memories be filled with God’s anointment of prayer and the Spirit of pleading.
To meditate: “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place” (Mathew 6:6).