When my friend asks for a ride to a doctor’s appointment, or to the grocery store, she always ends her plea with these words: “I don’t want to be a bother. I’ll ask someone else if I’m too much of a bother!” I am ashamed to say that I often think she is a bother. Sometimes we have to change the date or the time. Even so, I never say “I can’t be bothered. ” She is my friend and I care about her well-being!
Unlike me, God is never bothered by our asking. While we are thinking ‘I don’t want to be a bother, God,’ he is just glad to hear from us! He might have to change the date or the time, but he always cares enough to listen and respond.
While He was still speaking, there came some from the ruler’s house, who said [to Jairus], your daughter has died. Why bother and distress the Teacher any further? Overhearing but ignoring what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, Do not be seized with alarm and struck with fear; only keep on believing. (Mark 5:35,-36, AMPC)
Prayer – Lord, here we are, ‘bothering’ you again, but knowing that when you say we aren’t a bother, you mean it. You told us to come to you when we are weary and burdened, so we take you at your word, expecting the conversation to result in our rest. (From Matthew 11:28, NIV)