A “jesus” in a bottle.

Posted: March 21, 2012 in Uncategorized
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We probably all remember at least bits and pieces of the story of Aladdin and his lamp. He could rub the lamp and a genie would pop out and grant all of his wishes. I grew up with the TV show “I dream of Genie”. I watched it because the Geni was incredibly beautiful and I was coming into my teens. But how many people act as though their faith is in a “jesus” in a bottle.

Prayer for many is the recitation of a “wish list” of things to a god who is their personal servant. Prayer meetings at church become organ recitals, where we pray for aunt suzie’s gall bladder, and uncle bob’s ingrown toe nail. I don’t mean to sound cynical or negative, but the Jesus presented in the New Testament is the Lord and King of all creation. He is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all we might ever dream or even think to ask.

In Matthew 6 Jesus tells us not to heap up phrases thinking that we might be heard by God for our massive amount of words and repetition. He reminds us that our heavenly Father knows what we need before we ask. Rather, He gives us a model prayer, where the focus is on honoring God, seeking His Kingdom, accomplishing His will, and forgiving one another.

In 6:16 He assumes we will add to our prayers by the self discipline of fasting. He says “WHen you fast”, not “if”. Fasting is denying our physical desires to focus on our spiritual relationship to God. Jesus once said when the disciples were unable to deliver a boy from demons that sometimes serious prayer should be accompanied by fasting.

Consider this today as you pray, is the one you are praying to a “jesus” in a bottle, or is He the Mighty God of scripture?

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