Sometimes when I work with teenagers, I find they have this strange perception of God.  It's almost like they have a "genie in the bottle" mentality, and God's sole purpose is to hear our requests and grant us three wishes. 

Well, we're doing everything we can to curb that kind of worldview.

God isn't a God that simply pops out of an antique vase to give you everything your heart desires. 
He isn't a slave to your wishes.
He doesn't have to bow to your every want.

Jesus says, "In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete." but certainly it wasn't meant to be a prayer like, "God, I really need a Ferrari, could you put one on my front doorstep?"

No, in Psalms 37 it says, "Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart." (v.4)

Certainly this isn't an invitation to suck up to God. 
It's not an "if you just smile enough He'll reward you" verse.

To Delight in God is to delight in the things that He is about. 
To Dwell in God's Presence is to understand His will.
To be Determined in God's commandments is to love Him and things He loves.

If you're interested in receiving the desires of your heart today, stop; and instead of trying to rub the lamp, take some time to Delight in God.  And maybe…you're desires will melt into His.

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