Small prayers, big results 

Last week I prayed for my laptop. 

At that time it was continuing a downward spiral that included a battery that wouldn’t adequately charge, far-reaching repercussions seemingly from something that I more or less accidentally downloaded onto the computer, and (even when it began working somewhat normally again), the refusal to budge from the log-in screen.  

I devoted hour after hour after hour to these problems, to no avail. 

I can’t remember at what point I actually began praying, but, looking back, I think that moment probably should have come much sooner. 

Why did I wait? Maybe because sometimes it’s easy to think we shouldn’t bother God with the small things in our lives. After all, so many big things in the world – and often in our own lives – need taking care of. 

So … I hesitated before asking God to intervene. 

As I said, I should have known better. Slowly, but surely – and I do mean surely, but actually it wasn’t very slowly– one by one, each of the laptop’s issues began to resolve. I should have written down the time frames because now they’re escaping me, but within 24 hours I was back on the computer, working away, basically the same as before all this happened. 

Did some of these results come from something that I myself initiated? Yes. Yet that doesn’t mean God wasn’t leading me and influencing the final outcome.  

After some of what I am deeming heavenly guided research, I found out how to remove the item that I shouldn’t have installed.  

And in a fit of desperation, I inadvertently hit the Return/Enter key while I was on the log-in screen (which had not dawned on me to do earlier as I just kept left-clicking the mouse over and over). The epiphany that occurred after my irritation-inspired keystroke? My mouse was broken. Even when I had called the computer fix-it shop earlier, this possibility was never mentioned. 

Really and truly, I think God guided my hand onto that Return-Enter key. 

A trip to the local office supply store soon followed, and I came home with my first wireless mouse, which was on sale for half price and which is working like a charm. I love it. 

And by “it,” I mean both the wireless mouse and the situation’s entire finale. Even the battery is doing fair to middling now. 

What does this tell me? We should remember Philippians 4:6: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”  

Bringing everything to God means things both great and small. He’s our father; He does not disdain our childlike nature. Asking for help shows our dependence on Him and acknowledges our faith in His sovereignty. It allows Him to show His graciousness. Everyday prayer for the small things allows us sweet communion with Him. 

Undeniably, God is the God of greatness. The Earth. The sun. The universe.  

But if God knows each and every sparrow and the very number of hairs on our heads – and He does – God is the God of little things, too. Atoms. Electrons. Quarks.  

He cares about it all. 

Of course, other matters besides entreaties should enter into our prayer lives. The acronym “The ACTS of Prayer” is a way I have found to remember what should be involved: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication. 

I Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to “pray without ceasing.” To me, that shows that all through the day, we should be covering everything around us, both large and minute, in prayer. 

Does this mean the response to our prayers will always be “yes”? Most of us know the answer to that by now. God also replies “not yet” or “no” or with something we may not expect – but whatever the answer, our loving Father ensures it’s the best for us, even if we sometimes can’t fathom that immediately. 

Nothing is impossible with God, according to Luke 1:37. So why not let Him be involved in both the great and the mundane? 


Sallie Rose Hollis lives in Ruston and retired from Louisiana Tech as an associate professor of journalism and the assistant director of the News Bureau. She can be contacted at 

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