My daughter is having her wisdom teeth out today. It is the beginning of the end of a very long journey of orthodontics and impending jaw surgery for her. (Yes, while I wait, I am writing. This wasn’t my planned post for this week but it seems writing is an incredible coping outlet for me.)
We are absolutely confident in her oral surgeon; he is one of the very best. We know countless others have had this procedure including us, her parents, and that it is very common.
So, as I have been praying for her, I also wonder is this ‘big’ enough to pray for and to ask for prayer for her? I mean there are things that others are dealing with that are so much more serious; life threatening even.
I have prayed for parking spots. I have prayed for needed grocery items to be on sale. I have prayed during times of constipation. (Humour is also a coping help—lol!)
Does God have time for these little prayers? Does He care about them as much as others? Isn’t He just too busy to concern Himself with such small matters? Matters that competent surgeons can handle with ease? Matters that modern technology and convenience have already taken care of. Matters that in the grand scheme of things are small in comparison; preemptive even.
Not leaning on my own understanding of all things God, I turn to the Word.
I recall Scriptures about prayers that encourage me; urge me to pray even for this. For her.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit,” apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
…I can do nothing apart from Jesus
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4: 6&7
…in every and by petition
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16
And even for those times when we don’t know how or what to say, the Holy Spirit does…
“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” Romans 8:26
Thank you to all those who hold up our family in prayer for big and small matters. We are so grateful!!