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Genie in a Bottle

Posted on: 7-15-112012

Sometimes we act as if God is a magic genie in a bottle and our prayers are what makes Him come out and grant us whatever it is we want.  When He gives us what we want, everything is fine and we praise Him.  When He doesn’t gives us what we want, we can think that He doesn’t love us or that our prayers are not important to Him. However, nothing could be further from the truth.  God does love us and if something is matters to us, it matters to Him.  The mistake we make in our prayers is that we tend to prayer according to what we want…not necessarily considering what God’s plans or will is in the situation. If we truly want to see God move in our lives, we have to get to the place where we pray for His will to be done…even above our own will.  We have to remember that God even said “No” to one of Jesus’ prayers…the prayer when Jesus asked God to spare Him the path of the cross.  He then added what we all need to learn to add:

“…nevertheless, not My will but Yours be done.” Luke 22:42

When God said “No” to Jesus’ request, Jesus did not think that God didn’t love Him or care about Him…He just accepted God’s plan as better than His own.  Think of the ramifications if God had said “Yes” to Jesus’ prayer…the sacrifice for our sins would not have been paid in full…we would be lost without hope of eternity with God.  We need to think about this the next time God doesn’t answer our prayers the way we want Him to…His “No” may be the very best thing that ever happened.

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