How do you know if you’re treating God like the Genie in the Lamp?
One way is your prayer life. 1 John 5:14-15 reads:
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
What do you pray for? Whatever it is that we really want usually winds up in our prayers. It says here that if it according to his will- he hears us. Does that mean there are prayers of mine that he doesn’t hear? No- the word hears is better translated as heeds. If its part of God’s will for our lives he heeds us- its automatic.
God’s will is no big secret. Too many of our prayers are like rubbing the lamp to get our three wishes.
God’s will is in His Word: love, joy, peace, patience, or other principles like justice or mercy or loving your neighbor better. How many of our prayers are about that stuff?
Don’t pray to God just so He can help you get the stuff you really want besides Him. Pray to God so you can get more God. Anything else and you’ve turned God into the Genie in the Lamp- in Jesus’ name. Amen.