Stephen Altrogge describes the wrong mindset and the right one in “Jesus, The Loan Shark.”
The tone of my prayers is often a good indicator of what I’m believing about Jesus. Unfortunately, there are times when my prayers to Jesus make it sound like I’m praying to a loan shark.
I come to Jesus as he stands on a dark street corner. The flickering light of a street lamp casts a shadow on his face and an unfiltered cigarette dangles limply from mouth. “Whatcha need?” he says, in a strong Brooklyn accent. He glances at his watch, as if he’s in a hurry.
“Jesus, I’m in serious need of patience. My little girl Ella must have ingested some insanity pills or something, because she’s driving me crazy. Oh, and we’re trying to potty train her too, which ain’t working out so well right now. Can you help me out? Can you give me some patience?”
“Yeah, I got what you’s need, but I ain’t so sure I want to give it to you. What are you’s gonna do for me? Huh? I don’t run a charity here.”
“I don’t know, I’ll pray more, read more, listen to more worship music…something, anything. Just please give me what I need!”
“Yeah, we’ll see. Maybe I’ll help you, maybe I won’t. You know that if I do help you, it’s gonna cost ya. Big time. . . .”
But that’s not what Jesus is like at all. In John 15 Jesus says that he calls us. . . .
Keep reading “Jesus, the Loan Shark” to learn how we should approach Christ in prayer!