Pray Until Something Happens... Sort Of...
I was waiting to pick up the carry-out Thai food.
The restaurant is nestled between a K-Mart and a high-priced jewelry store. It's an eclectic little strip mall full of bad decisions.
Having a little time on my hands, I wandered around looking in windows. And there on one of the windows in bold white letters was the acronym PUSH.
At first glance I thought the sign was an ironic set directions on how to open the store's door. The handle was a pull handle on the outside. Doors you push that have exposed handles are the bane of my existence and the cause of much embarrassment. I'm a fan of human-centered design...
But I took a second look and realized it was the acronym: Pray Until Something Happens. I thought it funny to have that sign on the glass in front of a jewelry store. Certainly many have probably prayed for the contents of those glass cases, and I could imagine seeing people lining up in prayer, hoping that "something will happen" in their lives to encourage those precious stones to fall into their possession.
That humorous thought passed quickly, though, and I honestly became irritated. Because there is a little rumor going around that prayer is somehow the mechanism Christians use to get what they want in the world. "Praying until something happens" is the formula for Divine gifting in many minds, and I'm just not sure that's how it works.
Actually, I'm certain that's not how it works. God is not an ATM where, if you have the right pin number, you receive the riches. And God is not some Divine Santa Clause who gives gifts to the faithful.