God does not exist to dispense goodies to us.
God is not a cosmic candy machine.
You can't toss in some church attendance and a few bucks in the offering plate, then pull a lever labeled "prayer" and expect chocolate covered blessings to fall from the sky.
Ah, but when we get the relationship right -- when we see ourselves as servants of the sovereign Lord of the Universe -- then our minds are able to recognize the constant flood of blessings that flow from God's hands. And not just the...