One of the biggest excuses that I hear sometimes from people is that they only pray when they are concerned about important things. "I do not want to bother God with small things." We may prefer to wait for something really important before we talk to God because we may think that if we do not ask too often, God will more likely grant our requests. God does not work that way.
We may even try to excuse this behavior as a way of not bothering God when some things are just not that significant. "God is so busy with the entire universe. My problem isn't that important."
I once had a parishioner show up at my office. She was very upset because a friend of hers told her that she was bothering God with all the little and insignificant things that she was praying about. She was concerned that she was selfish and taking up God's valuable time.
My answer to the above excuses and this kind of criticism is to ask people to read Matthew 10:20-31. Jesus is talking about how God knows if even one sparrow falls to the ground. He also mentions, "..., but even the hairs of your head are all numbered." To me, this does not sound like a God who gets bothered with prayers about small things.
Maybe if you prayed more often about even the small things, you might feel closer to God. Do not save God for a last resort when everything else fails. Pray to God about your concerns every day. If anything is a concern or important to you, it is important to God.
Maybe if you talked to God about the small things every day, it might be easier to talk to God when something serious happens.
Praying is not just a conversation with God--it is also an important part of our relationship with God. Can you have a close relationship with someone that you rarely talk to?
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