I too am a bit confused why Jason finds this troublesome, since Jesus rebuked them.
52 And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him; 53 but the people would not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. 54 And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to bid fire come down from heaven and consume them?”[a] 55 But he turned and rebuked them.[b] 56 And they went on to another village.
I guess the question is why did Jesus rebuke them?
After all we have both the original story of Elias calling down fire from heaven, and we have Jesus words, “Mark11:23 Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.” But I think the point is that if you really believe something is possible then you keep trying and looking for a way to make it happen, and not that God is going to magic everything for you. And the fact is that with science we have learned that extra-ordinary things are possible. Not for free, to be sure. Extra-ordinary things tend to require extra-ordinary efforts. For example, it is possible to change lead into gold. It is too expensive to be worth the effort, but it can be done.
So it seems more likely that Jesus was rebuking them for the reasons for which they suggested calling upon God for a miracle. Calling down fire from heaven on those who slight you in any way is not an example of calling upon God for a good reason.