Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | September 15, 2013

September 15. 2013 “The Great Celestial Bellhop”

“And all the crowd sought to touch him, for power came forth from him and healed them all.” (Luke 6;19)

Good Morning and Blessed Lord’s Day!

 “Lord, I’m in a bit of a hurry today. Could you see to it that I get all green lights and a nice parking spot when I get to work today. Amen”    “Dear God, I didn’t have time to study much for this exam today because i went to that church meeting. Please help me pass this test. Amen”   Heavenly Father, if I win this Powerball jackpot, I promise to use most of it to help others and I will be generous with it. Thank you, generous God. Amen”.  Have you ever found yourself praying like that? My college chaplain once referred to such praying as being akin to regarding God as some sort of “Great Celestial Bellhop”, on call to answer our every whim. The people following Jesus and seeing his healing power were a bit like that. They began following Christ for the “goodies”. If they were hungry, he could feed them. He did it with just a few loaves and fishes. If they were sick, he could restore them to health. Just a touch of his robe might be enough to do it, as it was with that woman with the blood issue. He has the power. This is good stuff!  Once word of Jesus miracles began to spread, crowds naturally began gathering. Like a rock star of today, people were anxious just to touch him and be around him. For many, he was like a symbol of good fortune or a magic man. Rather than listen to what he was teaching them about repentance and love, they were only interested in physical healing or a chance to be witness to a miracle. To this day, there are those who still regard God as some sort of ‘celestial bellhop”…call him up with a little prayer, expect a blessing…tip him and send him on his way until his services are required once again. But the Lord is not a magician or a bellhop. He is Lord and Master. Our prayer is not meant as a way for us to get what we want…it is a way for us to place ourselves under His divine control. You may ask God anything, but understand this…He is not your servant. He is your Lord and Master. He is not the bellhop…he runs the establishment! Let’s pray!

Wise and Holy God; as we seek You in prayer, let us do so with wisdom, humility, and praise, for You alone are Worthy…You alone are holy…You alone are God. We are the sheep of Your pasture, and we trust in Your most gracious care. As we place our trust in You, we receive far more than we could ever deserve, for You care for us. To You be the power and the glory forever. Amen!

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