God Knows We Don’t Confuse Him with Santa Claus

As Christians, we scold ourselves a lot, not the least of which is about prayer.

Have you heard this one?

The Christmas List inspirational original oil painting of Santa in North Pole with reindeer by Steve Henderson licensed print at iCanvasART and discount decorative flags

Too often, we are accused of treating Jesus like Santa Claus, when actually all we’re doing is asking Him for heartfelt needs. The Christmas List, original oil painting by Steve Henderson; licensed print at iCanvasART and Discount Decorative Flags

“God isn’t Santa Claus, you know, and He gets tired of our putting a wish list in front of Him all the time.”

While it’s true that God isn’t Santa Claus, the implication that He emits an exasperated sigh whenever we approach Him with our requests, belies the encouragement we are given to do so in Philippians 4:6:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

The Santa Claus association also reduces the trusting belief of the average believer to childish demands, implying that we are focused on Me Me Me all the time when we express our fears about finances, health, relationships, or life direction — key areas all humans struggle with.

If you’re tired of the accusations, but perhaps, at the same time, confused about the nature of prayer, please read the rest of the story at Confusing God with Santa? Yes. And No. at my Commonsense Christianity column, BeliefNet.

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About This Woman Writes

Carolyn Henderson is the marketing manager of Steve Henderson Fine Art. In addition to her This Woman Writes blog, Carolyn writes a regular art column for FineArtNews, an online newsletter for artists and art collectors.
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