Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord, I want to see,” he replied. Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God. Luke 18:40-43 (NIV)
What Do You Want?
What do you want? What requests would you like to bring to me? What would you like me to do for you? What prayers are you willing to keep on passionately and persistently praying to me? These should not be shocking questions to you. It should come as no surprise to you that I want to hear and answer your prayers. There is no prayer that is too small or too large for you to pray to me. It is to my delight when you bring your prayers to me. It is to my joy when you live and walk in a prayer filled life of intimacy with me. Do you have any thoughts of this subject? Why aren’t all my prayers answered immediately? Why are some of my prayers answered only after a very long period of praying? Why is being passionate and persistent in my prayers important? Why are some of prayers answered in ways that I could have never hoped for, dreamed of or even imagined? You have asked some very good questions. Let’s start with my answering your prayers. I’d like that. You might not. Why is that? Here is why. “No”, is sometimes an answer to your prayers. Why would I ever say, “no” to you? I might ask for something that would not be good for me. That’s true. What else? I might ask for something that is not a part of your purposes or plan. My perspective is limited. I only see the here and now, and that, not even very clearly. You see everything, including the future. Sometimes, maybe many times, you have answered my prayers in ways that were far better than I could have ever hoped for, dreamed of or even imagined. It is your kindness and mercy and love that makes you say, “no” or “not yet” or “yes, but according to my will and ways”. It pleases me that you have this understanding. Why must you sometimes passionately persist in your prayers? Why must you keep on praying and never give up? Here I am guessing. For some reason, an answer is not yet ready. I may not be ready. Someone else might not be ready. Circumstances might not be ready. In many cases, I may never know why an answer is delayed. However, I do know a couple things for certain. What’s that? I know that you have instructed me to be passionate and persistent in my prayers. My being passionate and persistent will never trouble you. No, it will not. I also know that as I keep on praying, my faith and hope and trust in you keeps on growing. Yes, it does. I also know that you want me to live and walk in a prayer filled life of intimacy with you. Yes, I do. Will you keep on praying? Will you keep on asking? Will you keep on telling me what you want me to do for you? Yes, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, I will not let anything hinder me from praying to you. I will passionately and persistently keep on bringing my needs to you. I will not give up because a prayer of mine has not yet been answered. I will give thanks and praise to you for answering my prayers. Amen
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