The longing for blessings is a universal human desire. It transcends religious boundaries and cosmological viewpoints and is one of the few things in common between Ned Flanders and Charles Darwin. We all long to receive blessings from life, God, the universe or whatever you might call it as you peer through the lattice of your beliefs.
The blessings we yearn for come in many forms – love, friendship, influence, health, peace, material possessions and so on – and while the blessings we seek generally harmonize with the blessings sought by others, they can and often frequently do conflict with the wants of our fellows. I saw a poignant cartoon several years ago that illustrated the point nicely: it depicted a row of hedges separating two lots; on one side, a farmer was praying for rain to save his drought-stricken crops and on the other a preacher and his congregation praying for sun for their upcoming picnic. Isn’t it ironic?
We all make appeals to the powers that be, whether we see that power as being the human intellect or a deity of some shape or form. People worship a variety of gods and they ask those gods to provide for them that which they do not possess. They treat these gods like genies in a bottle that must be rubbed the right way to grant wishes. They prostrate themselves, pray, plead, and in some cases outright demand a resolution to their problems and the fulfillment of their desires.
Blessings must be received to be made meaningful. When they are gotten by ill means, such as by demanding, begging or stealing, the blessing vanishes, leaving only the dissatisfying husk of what could have been. To receive more fully, you must expand your capacity for receiving. Your capacity for receiving will not be enhanced by increasing the frequency, intensity or volume of your request, in fact, so doing binds more than it loosens.
If I had a bushel of apples and was eager to share them with you, and you instead rushed up, demanded that you be given not just one but the finest in the bushel and then proceeded to push me out of the way and grab it from me, I can assure you that it wouldn’t sit as well in your stomach as it would have had it been freely offered and graciously received. The nature of the receiving conditions the quality of the experience.
The source of life springs eternal and as such, there is simply no good reason to demand of it. You are better off refining your capacity for receiving of the constant blessings, for in so doing you not only receive more, but you are much less likely to be in conflict with your fellows when you truly receive.