“A Big Little Prayer”

The Upper Room devotional reflection for Wednesday, August 4, 2021 comes to us from Matthew L. Harper of Georgia

Proverbs 3:1-6

1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart,

2 for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.

3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

4 Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

A Big Little Prayer

When I was five or six years old, my granddaddy said, “I’m going to teach you a big little prayer and this is it: ‘Help me, Lord.’” I remember asking to hear the rest of the prayer, and Granddaddy said that was all of it. He told me that if ever I am in danger, have a problem, am afraid, or have to make a decision, I can call on the Lord.

I did not understand then how a prayer could be both big and little, but I believed Granddaddy knew everything so I knew it must have been true. I have always kept that big little prayer close to my heart, and it has served me well many times. I am thankful for this seed of faith that my granddaddy sowed in my life when I was a child. In recent years I began to share this prayer with members of the Bible studies and Sunday school classes that I teach.

When I recite this little prayer, I am trusting God to provide me with God’s understanding, just as Proverbs 3:5-6 instructs. God is faithful and will guide our thoughts, words, and deeds. We can always call out, “Help me, Lord.”

Prayer Focus:

Grandparents and Grandchildren

Thought for the Day:

Small prayers can create strong connections to God.


Thank You, Lord, for always being with us, guiding and protecting us. Amen. from Matthew L. Harper of Georgia


Friends – Matthew L. Harper’s reflection reminds us that God is always with us and that when we focus our attention on God by asking God for help, we are reminding ourselves about God’s always gracious, loving presence in our lives.

--Pastor bea