A few days ago I discovered horrible tooth decay while brushing one of the kid’s teeth. I’m not sure how it developed so quickly and without loud complaint, but it was quite disturbing. If a dentist’s office would have been open then, I would have made an appointment immediately.
Instead, I fretted and tossed and turned in bed that night until the hymn fragment “everything to God in prayer” ran through my mind. I committed the dental problem (and my guilt at not discovering it sooner) to God and drifted off to a peaceful sleep.
The next morning we got an appointment with a great dentist who took care of the problem immediately. On the way home, I began thinking about the brand new baby chicks we’d bought the day before. My sister was baby-and-chick-sitting, but I couldn’t reach her to make sure she’d given them fresh water.
Once again, the temptation to worry arose. Once again the words “everything to God in prayer” combatted them.
As Christians we should pray earnestly and fervently for the many great and pressing needs around us. But as Corrie ten Boom so beautifully said, “There is nothing too great for God’s power, nothing too small for His love.”
Even though the hearts of kings are in His hands and He decrees the destinies of nations, He is not offended when we bring our children’s dental problems or even our baby chicks before His throne.
What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.