Genie in a Bottle


Many of us spend half of our time wishing for things we could have if we didn’t spend half our time wishing.

– Alexander Woollcott

I want to make this point first before I get going. In no way am I downplaying the importance and power of prayer in this post because I am a believer in prayer. 

With that said, I do believe we use prayer as a crutch. We tend to look at God like He is a genie in a bottle waiting for us to rub some lamp in order for Him to appear and grant us three wishes. We use prayer as an avenue to communicate to God our wishes hoping that He will make them come to pass. 

My fear is, like the quote by Alexander Woollcott above, that we will miss out on what God has for us because instead of jumping into action we lean on the crutch of prayer. We waste our time wishing instead of getting busy working. 

It’s my experience that the majority of the time we aren’t waiting on God to move but in fact God is waiting on us. God has already done His part, we have to do our part. We don’t have to sit around wishing and praying for a move of God, we are a move of God.

How much time have you wasted because you have been wishing for something you could have already had if you would have gotten to work? Don’t forget to pray, but don’t be afraid to also put your hands to the plow. There is nothing wrong with wishing but dreams only become realities when you are willing to get your hands dirty. Get up. Get going. And get after it.

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