Lenten Reflections 2nd Wednesday of Lent God vs Genies

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Lenten Reflections 2nd Wednesday of Lent God vs Genies

Genie: Right here, direct from the lamp. Right here for your very much wish-​fulfillment. Thank you.

Ala­didn 1992

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 7:711

“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.


Genie: Right here, direct from the lamp. Right here for your very much wish-fulfillment. Thank you.

Aladidn 1992

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.