Praying to a Magic Genie

We have prayer wrong.  So, so wrong.  God isn’t some magic genie, subject to granting your wishes if you type “amen.”  I know Jesus says things like, “Ask and you shall receive,” and “Take delight in he Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”  But look at those things in context.  He was not talking about money.  In fact, when Jesus is talking about money, He is usually telling people to give it away.

Here is a verse that addresses praying for things that are not aligned with God’s will:

“You do not have because you do not ask God.  When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures” (James 2b-3).

I guess you could say we have our priorities jumbled.  Prayer isn’t for us to get what we want, or what would make our lives comfortable.  Prayer is to further the kingdom of God and to grow ourselves closer to God.  I guess you could say that prayer is part of our training for spiritual warfare, if not part of the actual battle.  It is an incredibly serious thing, but we treat it like a vending machine: “I put in this prayer, and what I want comes out.”  Please do not make God your means to get money.  Rather, use money as your means to serve God.

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