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, the image of a tradesman was fixed in their minds, and that’s all He was ever going to be to them. 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 powerful things in our lives, but more often than not, our prayers resemble a “to-do” list for a fix-it guy.

What perception do you have of Him today? And what kind of prayers will you pray?

About cchrisholland

...husband, dad, pastor, teacher, and chronic day-dreamer
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