Jesus was a carpenter. Compared to creating the universe, a hammer would’ve been easy to get the “swing” of. But for those who knew Him growing up, that’s all He was; a carpenter. They’d already decided who He was to them and that was all He was ever going to be. Consider what the people of Nazareth said:
“Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us? So they were offended at Him.” – Mark 6:3 NKJV
Imagine, Holy God literally standing there wanting to do great miracles while someone basically says, “That’s good and all, but my leaky barn roof could really use your attention.” If we’re not careful, our reaction and prayers can reflect the same type of attitude. God wants to do great things according to His plans, but our prayers are more along the lines of blueprints we’ve drawn up. Sometimes we even “spiritualize” self-centered pursuits with language that sounds right, but in the end is just a request to fix a “leaky roof”.
What perception do you have of Him today and how will your prayers reflect that?