Read Philippians 4:6-7
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (NLT)
Some Christians, it seems, are reluctant to pray for anything for themselves. They figure it is selfish and that our prayers ought to be focussed on the needs of others and the greater issues of the world.
This is a dangerous half-truth. Certainly our prayers are not to be wholly or even chiefly centred on our wants and needs. Prayer is not some God-ordained means by which we get everything we want in life. And yet we are invited to pray very broadly and, as our text suggests, to bring all to God.
In moments of stress, we sometimes think God is too busy to hear our relatively minor concerns. We imagine he is so preoccupied with the Middle East and child hunger and US politics that he will brush off our own concerns. But this is to grossly misunderstand God. Agreed, our concerns may be relatively minor but they matter to us and thus to him.
So we need not filter or censor our prayers. We offer them to God and let him respond as he sees fit. We neither minimise nor magnify our concerns. We present them to God and let him sort things out. God is not some indulgent deity who is there to give us all we want, but nor is he some dismissive deity who is too lofty to care for the many and varied concerns of his children.