While we don’t mean to, we can sometimes treat God like a magical wish-granter, too. Just rub the lamp, just make the wish, just pray the prayer and *poof!* it’s yours. It’s a painful and disorienting experience, then, when we don’t get what we asked for. We believe God is the giver of good gifts, we know God hears our prayers and is not ambivalent toward us — so what gives?
Holding our deepest desires before God is a vulnerable experience, and one that needs the compassionate and wise guidance of Jesus. This Sunday we learn what it means to ask God for what we truly desire.