Cindy Grasso

Pray For Everything

“That’s why I urge you to pray for absolutely everything, ranging from small to large.” Mark 11:24 (MSG)

About every 10 years or so we have a “big” family vacation. Siblings fly in from wherever they are living, others drive in and we all meet at Disneyland. On one of those trips, my husband’s brother and his family flew in from the East Coast and his sister was there with her husband and our new niece Emma who was only 4 months old. Bobby’s parents drove in and my parents joined us there making a party of 16. It isn’t easy to navigate 16 people through a Disney park but the payoff is worth it. Filling up an entire It’s A Small World boat and seeing the kids eyes light up at the lights, colors and dolls is worth it. Going on Star Tours and having my brother-in-law chosen as the “Rebel Spy” to the cheers of half the cabin will be a memory we will relive for years to come. Going with Emma and her parents for her first ride on Pirates of the Caribbean is priceless. She won’t remember it but we will never forget it. It was a great trip filled with laughter, a few meltdowns and all those inevitable little moments of stress that seep in.

As we drove down with our little family, I remember opening the YouVersion App looking for some soul fortifying word for the trip and found it in the gospel of Mark. After Jesus talked about moving mountains, He said, “That’s why I urge you to pray for absolutely everything, ranging from small to large. Include everything as you embrace this God-life, and you’ll get God’s everything. And when you assume the posture of prayer, remember that it’s not all asking . If you have anything against someone, forgive —only then will your heavenly Father be inclined to also wipe your slate clean of sins.” Mark 11:22 (MSG)

God invites us to pray for anything and everything, big or small. In the midst of a busy time or a slow time, invite God into your day. Invite Him to open your eyes to see the wonder of creation around you. Ask Him to help you appreciate the time you have and most of all, ask God to help you forgive others for thousands of little things that add up. Even micro un-forgiveness will steal joy and destroy peace.

Invite God in. He wants to be a part of your world, wants to join in as you navigate the day. He wants to walk with you in the midst of chaos as well as the solace of solitude. The more you invite God into your world, the more opportunity He has to impact it.

Invite Him in absolutely everything today.

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