You cannot just rub a lamp for these
God, I wish to have money and friends. God, I want to own a boat and a big house. What do we do with wishing wells? We walk over, toss in a coin and wish for something we want and walk away. Honestly, you would get better luck just grabbing a soda from a soda machine. At least that is a better return for your money!
There are many theories online of where the whole wishing well idea came from. Some say that clean water was a scarcity and they believed clean water was a gift from the gods and that it had magical powers.
During my walk with God this was something I found myself doing. I found myself praying for things I wanted or needed all of the time and less time praying for others or asking God what he wanted from me. I had to reposition my thinking from selfish to selfless.
I would love to see what everyone’s prayer journal looks like? I wish I could be like Bruce Almighty and read all of the prayer emails that he got in the movie just to see all of the crazy things I have asked for in my life. Especially my prayers from middle school, how funny would that be. I wonder how often my prayers would stem from jealousy or envy.
James 4:1-2 “What is causing quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? You want what you don’t have so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it.”
James 4:3-6 “And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong-you want only what will give you pleasure. You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God?
Friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God
When I made the shift (a slow one for me) from worldly wishes to spiritual wishes things began to happen for me. When you truly shift your life and surrender to God more and more the room for darkness in your spirit becomes less and less. Prayers begun to get answered more and more. You begin to ask for prayer for other people, even people who have hurt you. You mature in your spirit enough to know when it is time to ask for certain things.
When you change your praying method to selfless and truly ask God what he wants from you and to give you wisdom and help you with the fruits of the spirit, be warned it is not easy. He will help you achieve wisdom and peace and sometimes things that you want and need, but with learning comes great challenges. If you ask for patience, he is not going to grab a teapot full of patience teabags and fill you up with it. He is going to test you and grow your patience that way. God is a creator and with that he knows the best way to make something stick and last for a long time. He knows the best way to perfect and mold.
It doesn’t mean God will never give you want you want
James 15:5-7 “Yes, I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!”
We must still pray boldly as followers of Christ you see it in the promise above from Christ himself in James. He knows the desires of our hearts. If our hearts are in the right place and when we are spiritually ready for what we are asking God for he will give it to us. You know what I said about patience, sometimes when waiting on a prayer request is when we learn it the most.
God wants us to be happy, and although there is hurt and suffering in this life it wasn’t meant to be this way when he first created us. God created Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. It was supposed to be a place of peace and easy living with God. Once the curse was upon us after they ate the forbidden fruit is when it all got messed up. More about the “Original Sin” by Explore God
“Why create us if you knew we would screw it up in Eden?”
I used to be angry in a time where suffering was all I was in. I used to wonder “God, if you knew we were going to mess up why did you do it, why create us?”
Then it hit me. I am not Adam and Eve, he still wants to spend eternity with us, unfortunately not everyone will make it to spend eternity with God but he loves us enough that he wanted to still create us, his children. He loved us so much that he sacrificed his son for us because he knew we would all remain sinners unless Jesus came to pay our debt.
Ultimately I had to remember that God is our father too. A parent in today’s world and society has to consider that if they have a child it would have to endure pain and suffering. They still do it because it is worth it enough to love and be loved by your child for a lifetime. When I realized this after hearing that still small voice I just felt this anger release from me. I feel that same peaceful, overwhelming joy just writing about it.
Here is a great resource if you are currently going though some pain and suffering.
God knew that this life would be difficult but he offers peace and love in the meantime until Christ returns for us. He offers strength and things that we desire with a pure heart. SO PRAY BOLDLY, but pray with a pure heart and remember He>I.
This is something someone reading had to hear and I had to remind myself. I hope it helped you all and I hope to see you soon on Twitter or IG: herheartonfire
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Thank you for the beautiful imagery Snapwire!