Genie: Right here, direct from the lamp. Right here for your very much wish-fulfillment. Thank you.
If there is one misconception people have about prayer and how it’s answered.
Part of this is a bad reading of this passage from Matthew 7:7-11
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Which one of you would hand his son a stone when he asks for a loaf of bread, or a snake when he asks for a fish? If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him.
This passage doesn’t mean that God will give you everything you want when you want it and when you ask for it. God is not the Genie of the lamp who we are bending to our will. Nor are prayers and devotions magic spells to produce your hearts desire.
Does that mean we should not be making prayer requests? Absolutely not, in fact this passage is one of many that encourages us to turn to God in times of need. When we do we must always remember one vital then when we turn to the Lord in prayer:
God is God and we’re not.