And they came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart. Get up; he is calling you.” And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way. Mark 10:46-52 (ESV)
What Do You Want?
What do you want? That is a basic and clear question, isn’t it? Yes, there is no mystery as to what your question means. Does it seem odd that I would ask you that question? A little bit. Why is that? You know what I want and need without asking me. You know what I want and need better than I do. You know what I want and need even before I ask it. What I want and need is never hidden from you. No, it is not. So, take a guess, why do I ask you what do you want? You want me to live in an intimate relationship with you. You want me to rely on you. You want me to know that you will hear and answer my prayers. You want me to know that you love and care for me. Yes, I do want all these things for you.
So, I will ask you what do you want? More than anything, I want to live in an intimate relationship with you. More than anything, I want to know and love and follow and serve you. More than anything, I want to live a life that is good and right and true. More than anything, I want to live a life that is pleasing to you. I want to know your will and walk in your ways. I want to be used by you. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. And I especially want the fruit that I bear for you to include all those who are in my immediate and extended family. Finally, one day, when I come to live forever in heaven with you, I want to hear you say that I was a good and faithful servant. I desire nothing more than these things. You can answer my wants and needs no better than by granting these requests. Do you have any doubts about me hearing and granting these wants and needs of yours? No, I do not. That is very good. And yes, I will grant these wants and needs of yours. I will hear and answer your prayers. I will accomplish in and through you, what you have asked of me. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, I will not remain silent. I will cry out to you. I will passionately and persistently make all my wants and needs known to you. I will walk through life in an intimate prayer relationship with you. Thank your Lord, for hearing and answering my prayers to you. Amen
Key Question… How specific are you when you are making your wants and needs known to the Lord?
Living It Out… Ask the Lord for what you want and need Him to do for you.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will hear and answer the prayers you pray to Him.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has heard and answered your prayers.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you turn what you want into prayers to the Lord.
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