George MacDonald on Prayer. I read just a portion of this in the sermon regarding "Why pray?". Here's the illustration that resonates with me when I think about praying about 'smaller needs": "Hunger may drive the runaway child home, and he may or may not be fed at once, but he needs his mother more than his dinner."
Rudyard Kipling's poem. I think of this often when doing Bible Study. The ability to ask questions is the key to research. If you read the whole poem, here's a brief explanation that may aid in understanding "a person small".
This poem was at the end of a short children's story, The Elephant's Child. An explanation of the poem's meaning from All Poetry's Author Notes:
"A good description of the tools of a journalist which Kipling was when he began writing. The person small is a reference to his daughter Josephine and her inquisitiveness."