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Is there any idea mentioned on Judaism of not wanting to "trouble" G-d with something too trivial? Obviously, G-d is infinite, and it's no more trouble for Him to do a thousand things than it is to do one, but nevertheless, is there any mention of this in the sources?

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A good place to start looking is the meforshim to the first page of Sotah "וקשין לזווגן כקריעת ים סוף". – Michoel Sep 11 '12 at 2:56
According to the Artscroll Gemora footnote 40, She'arim Metzuyanim BaHalacha discuses this. – Michoel Sep 11 '12 at 3:04
@Michoel Where in the Shearim Metzuyanim Bahalachah? Does Artscroll give the exact source? – b a Sep 11 '12 at 3:13
@ba It doesn't but I believe I have seen Shearim Metzuyanim Bahalachah on the seder of shas. The only one that comes up on HebrewBooks is the one on Kitzur Shulchan Aruch. – Michoel Sep 11 '12 at 3:19
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The Mabit (R' Moshe m'Trani) discusses this issue in the first chapter of his sefer, Beis Elokim. He writes that it is improper to pray for unnecessary things - "כי הוא מטריח את קונו ללא צורך" - "for he unnecessarily troubles his Master" - a concept found in the Talmud (Taanis 24a). The Mabit discusses this at length, but his basic point is that the acceptance of prayer is a supernatural event, and God "dislikes" unnecessarily disturbing the natural order that He created.

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