Three Wishes

posted Mar 28, 2014, 7:18 AM by David Sincock   [ updated Mar 28, 2014, 12:49 PM ]

Imagine you are walking on a beautiful, warm, sunny beach. In the sand you notice an ancient lamp. You pick it up and begin to brush off the sand and debris. Of course, out pops a magic genie. True to form he offers you a reward for his deliverance.

His offer has nearly unlimited potential. Immediately your mind races to how this could change your life. The possibilities! Dozens of ideas stream through your thoughts. But there is a condition attached. He only allows three wishes.

This changes things. Your thoughts now arrange themselves more around the question of ‘How can I be wise in using this opportunity to my greatest advantage?’ I dare not waste this.

Now God is no genie. He is a personal, loving and omnipotent being who has chosen to have a relationship with us. Yet in the middle of this relationship he has also made us an offer, “Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” And with no limitation.

But the danger is that with an open invitation to bring our requests before God, the petty can replace the profound. We are not pressed into asking how we can be wise in using this great opportunity and so we squander it.

Our prayer centers around pleasures, conveniences, successes, happiness, things and other temporary stuff. And the great purposes and needs of our lives go ignored. We forget to think hard about what are the best things we could ask God for. What is eternal? What is really valuable? What is miraculous? What glorifies Him? How should we live?

If God were to give you only three items to pray for...

             What would they be?