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God is not a vending machine-- so why do we pray like He is?

Marvin D. Hinten

God is not a vending machine-- so why do we pray like He is?

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Published by Zondervan Pub. House in Grand Rapids, Mich .
Written in English

  • Prayer -- Christianity.

  • Edition Notes

    Includes index.

    StatementMarvin D. Hinten.
    LC ClassificationsBV210.2 .H57 1983
    The Physical Object
    Pagination126 p. ;
    Number of Pages126
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL3168286M
    ISBN 100310470811
    LC Control Number83010350

      When we pray for healing for our loved ones, we may feel like Aaron, panicked and wishing for a magic cure. Or we may be like Moses, hoping for God to work a miracle. Usually, though, as with Moses, our prayers are not answered with miracles. Disease runs its normal course and chronic illness is chronic. The refuah shleimah (“complete healing.   A continuation of the Catholic series. We sort of cover this when we cover prayer. The kids know that it's important to pray to God for things you want, but I warned them not to treat God like a vending machine--as in, prayer goes in, what you want comes out. In order to be effective, prayer has to be the first thing we do, not the last. Eugene Peterson Prayer is the way we work our way out of the comfortable but cramped world of self and into the spacious world of God. Eugene Peterson “Vending machine prayers sound like, ‘God, my marriage is a wreck. Fix my marriage. Make me happy with my spouse.

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God is not a vending machine-- so why do we pray like He is? by Marvin D. Hinten Download PDF EPUB FB2

Like the time I prayed and prayed to make seventh-grade cheerleader, but I didn’t make it. Now I understand that God’s ways are higher than our ways.

So, what about you. Do you treat God like a vending machine when it comes to prayer. If so, you’re missing out on what prayer is all about. Put your change away and try using the ACTS model. God is not a vending machine. I cannot put a prayer in and get what I want.

God is not even a bad vending machine, that takes my prayer and gives me what it wants. God is beyond me. But in praying for those in trouble, I strengthen the bonds of humanity. When I pray, I remind myself that I. In this age of ubiquitous vending machines, we tend to pray as if God were one.

He isn't. One premise of this book is that we can improve our practices in prayer by understanding and knowing the total character of God, because our prayers too often reflect only one or two of His : Marvin D Hinten. \”If God is so good and loving, if He\’s really there at all, why didn\’t He answer my prayer?\” This question has been asked by atheists and agnostics and doubters and believers and skeptics and observers and disinterested third-parties alike.

For some it presents a serious challenge to their faith, or to the possibility of God is Not a Vending Machine Read More»Author: Nicholas Senz. In his book, My Name Is Hope, John Mark Comer contrasts “vending machine prayers” with “prayers in Jesus’ name.” When applied to marriage, the analogy is quite illuminating.

John Mark writes, “Vending machine prayers sound like, ‘God, my marriage is a wreck. Fix my marriage.

Make me happy with my spouse. In both cases it is God who brings about the victory; but He asks us to do different things at different times. This idea that we should just pray and then do nothing is very unbiblical. Yes, there are times God asks us to do nothing.

But that is not ALL the time. And sometimes He actually wants us to act. As we celebrate this Good Friday, let’s remember the freedoms that were sacrificed by the God of the Universe so that we could live with Him for eternity. And when you feel restricted, and frustrated, and done (like I’m sure many of us do) let’s fall on our faces before the God who loved us enough to die in our place.

Like asking God to help, to show you your purpose, etc. There was very little about praying for other people or for discovering God Himself.

In the end I unsubscribed as I realised I was getting no further in my understanding of God - I was simply, constantly, *asking* God for things. Now obviously we can and should pray for God to bless us. I think that praying keeps us connected to our Source, Jesus, so it is a way to keep on abiding in Him and allowing Him to abide in us.

So we pray not to get what we want out of God like some cosmic vending machine, but to keep us connected to and dependent on Him, which is what we were created for in the first place. I hope this helps. Sue Bohlin.

Human nature tends to view God as a sort of divine vending machine—and turns prayer into a technique to get from God things we would like, rather like putting coins into a vending machine to get a bar of chocolate. That question views God in the same way—it focuses on getting stuff from God and disregards any idea of a relationship with him.

Most of us, when we pray about something that doesn’t happen, we stop praying. And that’s exactly why God doesn’t usually answer our requests immediately.

We know God isn’t a cosmic vending machine, but a lot of times we act like he is. God knows our hearts and our natures, and he wants us to learn to seek after his heart.

God is not your cosmic vending machine “For we do not know how we ought to pray; the Spirit “itself” pleads with God for us in groans that words cannot express. And just as God. The “vending machine god” means that some people believe that if you just ask God for something, He will provide your wants and wishes instantly; like a vending machine.

This myth is completely wrong because we know by looking merely at scripture, that. In his book, My Name Is Hope, John Mark Comer contrasts “vending machine prayers” with “prayers in Jesus’ name.” When applied to marriage, the analogy is quite illuminating.

John Mark writes, “Vending machine prayers sound like, ‘God, my marriage is a wreck. Fix my marriage. Make me happy with my spouse.’. Like all satires, it’s funny because it’s true: we do pray to God for that ‘Mercedes-Benz,’ whatever that may be for us. There is a widespread belief that in the “prosperity Gospel”: if God loves you, you will be healthy and wealthy.

Every time we pray, we take a step against Satan. I don’t know exactly how spiritual warfare works, but I do believe God wants us to pray, and Satan will do whatever he can to keep us from praying and building intimacy with the Lord. We don’t know HOW to pray. We listen to others pray, we compare ourselves to them and we become insecure.

God is not a cosmic vending machine—we insert our prayer and out comes the answer of our choice. When we pray, we are not trying to change God’s mind or bend His will to line up with ours.

In fact, the opposite is true. Missionary E. Stanley Jones said, “Prayer is not pulling God to my will, but the aligning of my will to the will of God. Thank you friend for sharing your situation.

I would like to say you are the best example of current scenario of our religion. Please be patient and read along as I read yours.

This is going to be a big one. You reminded me of the year my f. However, this doesn’t mean we come to God like spoiled children. Thinking of prayer as a spiritual “vending machine” where we ask, take, and walk away is misguided and immature.

An important part of being engaged with God through prayer is gratitude. We also pray daily to express our gratitude for things He has done to us.

For instance, this may sound incredibly selfish, but when we praise God, we do so for ourselves. Aha. Christians are only out for themselves you may say.

But the simple truth is that no matter how much we praise God, he will neither increase or decrease. He is. And always will be. We praise him because it orientates ourselves to the Truth. When we pray for a favor and get int, what happens is not that God has changed his mind, but that we, moved by God, have disposed ourselves to receive something he has already intended to give us.

When we pray earnestly for a thing, we intensify our desire for it, and at the same time we grasp in a real way that we are completely dependent on God.

Nothing Fails Like Prayer. a prayer for God to do something he was not already going to do is futile. compare a vending machine to a slot machine.

A vending machine is a source of. God is not a vending machine-- so why do we pray like He is. Marvin D. Hinten. from: $ Turn in your Bible to Matthew chapter 6.

We’re continuing now after a break through the holiday seasons, and the last couple of Sundays, we’re continuing in our study of The Disciple’s Prayer in Mat.

God is not a vending machine that spits out blessings when we put in the quarters of obedience. We make ourselves an idol of dead faith when we do so. We lose a God who is able to attend to the individual, who doesn’t let one sparrow fall to the ground without taking note. The God from the scriptures is: A God who weeps.

something to happen. Sometimes we think prayer is like a vending machine, and that if we put in enough we will get what we want out of it. Fortunately, God is not like that, and this lesson will help us understand His love and goodness no matter Size: KB.

Prayer works. Should we really stop saying that prayer works. Well, yes and no. Most people who say prayer works these days really mean God did what I wanted him to if prayer was a button to be pushed to release exactly what they wanted from the vending machine.

Read carefully to understand the real logic behind prayers and how it helps us. What is the proper way to do prayers and why sometimes our prayers come true and sometimes don t.

Everything about prayers. We all follow different religions and so we. Therefore, we pray not because God is there to grant our wishes if only we do the "stuff that pleases God." We pray to show our trust in God and to follow God's command. We pray because we want to see what God is doing in the world and be a part of it.

We pray because we want God to be in charge of our lives instead of us trying to be in charge. Well, God is not a Magic 8 ball or a vending machine and He’s not a voodoo doctor or Karma. The Bible says he’s my good shepherd, loving father, passionate groom and faithful friend.

Prayers for humility and patience should not be prayed with fear, but with faith. It’s important that kids understand that God isn’t a vending machine. We can go to him with anything on our hearts, but prayer is also letting him speak to us through the everyday parts of life. Having a constant ear for God’s voice is part of praying without ceasing.

Finally, prayer cultivates a relationship with God. God is not a non-personal force of the universe. God is personal. Yet, God is not a person like you and I are a person. We need to be careful not to reduce God to my co-pilot, or by buddy, yet, God does invite us into relationship with God, through Jesus, and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Friends, there is no better option than to pray. God can do so much more than we can in every situation. He is the source of hope, peace, and joy. To reject God is to reject the solution. To reject God is to reject the solution. Click To Tweet. That being said, we might be called to do more than prayer.

When we pray and say that we are ready to accept God's will, we must be ready that it be radically different than our own. It is important to persevere in prayer because if we do, God will not simply answer the prayer, He will reveal His will to us - this is much more important.

Perseverance in prayer reveals the quality of our faith. I’m not the type of person to just ask God for anything, like he’s a floating invisible vending machine, But I do pray for him to reveal himself to me in any way. I’ve seen other’s testimonies of how he did it for them, but there’s one problem.

He doesn’t answer mine. Not in any way. I pray to get to know him, but he won’t help me. Forget the distance past, whether the universe is 14 billion years old like scientists say or 6, like the followers of the bible say.

And forget whether God created it all in one fell swoop or. Scripture Text: Daniel A Servant’s Prayer (MP3) A Servant’s Prayer (Sermon Text) Introduction In chapters seven through twelve of Daniel, God revealed some things about the future that He wanted His people to know.

God wanted to warn Daniel and future generations of some extremely dark days ahead where they would need encouragement. But I find that often we think of prayer as a way to use God as some sort of cosmic vending machine—we need a healing from a bruised knee, or for a better paying job or, God help us, a great parking spot or a Red Sox win, so we say a quick petition and expect immediate results.

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Check back next Sunday, J for part two: Mark’s take on marketing the Catholic Church and learning from G.K. Normally this excuse will be phrased with something like, "God is not a big vending machine," or "God is not your personal Genie!" And yet, there is no denying that we can find verses in the Bible where Jesus specifically promises to answer your prayers.

For example, in Matthew Jesus says. My life is like a book that they’ve judging by a cover but have took the time to fucking read the shit, I remember telling you my goals and my dreams but you didn’t even answer so I guess you.

Like confession for example, talk about how wonderful it is to know that God exists, God is not just some abstract deity off in the clouds that made the universe like a painting, and we just look at the universe, we look at nature like a painting and try to figure out this artist.