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Psalm 91:15 NIV

Sometimes we can feel like our issues are too big or too small for God. We can avoid taking things to Him in prayer because we think He won’t be interested. But He cares for us. He’s interested in even the smallest matter in our lives. 1 Peter 5:7 tells us to ‘Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you’ (NIV). Whenever we pray, God’s listening – and He will answer. ‘He will call on me, and I will answer him.’ It won’t always be the answer we’re expecting or wanting. But it will be the best thing for us. When we’re praying it can be useful to use Bible verses to guide our prayers. We can speak out the promises that He made throughout the Bible, and remind ourselves that He has promised those things to us. For example, when praying we can speak out the promise that God will answer us – we can even thank Him in advance for the answer He will give. We can speak out promises about God providing for our needs (take a look at Matthew 6:25-34), giving us strength when we’re weak (have a read of Isaiah 40:28-31), and about His steadfast, unchanging love for us. Every time we speak these out, we’re increasing our faith and expectation that God will move. As His children, we can come before Him with any request. We can come with confidence, because Jesus’ sacrifice has let us come close to God. Hebrews 4:16 says: ‘Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.’ Whatever we need, big or small, we can confidently approach God and be sure He will answer.

2 Kings 4:18-6:33; Mark 12:1-12; Ps 48; Prov 13:2-3