“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road. Mark 10:51-52 (NIV)
What Do You Want?
Are you really asking me that question? That would be a hard question to answer. Why is that? I don’t want to ask for just anything. I want to ask for what is critically important. Do you think that you can ask only so much of me? Do you think that you only have a set number of requests you can make of me? No, not really. But I do want to ask for what you have placed in my heart and mind as priorities. So, I could say that, “I want what you want”. If you said that, you would need to tell me what you think I want for you. I’d like to try to do that. Go ahead, I’m listening. You want me to live in an intimate relationship with you. You want me to listen to your voice. You want me to obey your commands. You want me to know and love and follow and serve you. You want me to go and do what you ask of me. You want me to bear fruit for your kingdom. You want me to bring glory to your name. You want me to humble myself as I live to serve others. You want me to shine brightly for you in the darkness of this world. You want me to lead others to you. You want me to go and make disciples. You want me to teach others what you have taught me. You want me to intercede in prayer for the needs of others. You want me to love like you loved. You want me to serve like you served. You want me to give like you gave. I realize that this list is rather random. But I know that you want all of these things for me. You want to do all these things in and through me. So, when you say, “What do I want?” I want all of these things to be true in my life. I want you to develop all of these qualities in me. Basically, I could sum all of these qualities up by simply saying, “I want to live a life that is good and right and pleasing to you.” I want or need nothing more or nothing less. I would be far beyond happy and grateful if you were to answer these requests of mine. Do you believe that I will hear and answer these prayers of yours? Yes Lord, I do. You can be sure that I will hear and answer these prayers of yours. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, I will bring my prayers before you. I will ask you for all that I need. I will be persistent in prayer. I will pray as you guide me. I will ask for not only my needs but also for the needs of others. Teach me to pray prayers that you will gladly hear and answer. Amen
Key Question… Why is it important to be very specific when you make prayer requests to the Lord?
Living It Out… Ask the Lord for what you want and need from Him.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will hear and answer your prayers.
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 ask the Lord for what you want and need from Him.
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