Specifically

I think it should have been pretty obvious.  There are these two blind men sitting by the side of a road.  Jesus comes by with a huge crowd following close behind.  OK, so here’s the omnipotent Miracle Worker and two sightless men.  Simple enough.  But Jesus doesn’t just jump right into the healing.  When He hears their cries for mercy,  He stops and asks them a question.   

“What do you want Me to do for you?”  

Really?  Couldn’t He  have figured it out?  Of course He could have.  But there was something about hearing directly from these men, in their own words, exactly what they needed. You kind of wonder if they thought He was kidding.  But they didn’t skip a beat.  They answered quickly, “Lord, we want our eyes to be opened”.

So, if I was sitting by the side of the road and Jesus came by and asked me exactly what I wanted Him to do for me, what would I say?    Would I stumble over my words?  Would I stutter and avert my eyes and say something generic like, “Well, Lord, whatever You want”?  Would Jesus take my lowered chin in His hand, lift it up, look me in the eyes and say, “Really, Sharon, what do you want me to do for you?”

Jesus wants us to ASK.  No stuttering.  No shyness.  He has asked us a question.  And He lovingly waits for the answer we know we want to give, but are too hesitant to put into words.

Until now you have asked nothing in My name.  Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.  John 16:24

Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble.  You will prepare their heart.  You will cause Your ear to hear.  Psalm 10:17

Then you will call upon Me, and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.  Jeremiah 29:12

Don’t just cry out.  Don’t be shy.  Be specific.  Tell God what you need, what you want.  And in case you were wondering about the end of the story,  the blind guys received their sight…and followed the One who gave it to them.  (Matthew 20:29-34)

5 thoughts on “Specifically

  1. Totally agree. be specific in our prayers reveals that we really believe we’re talking with a real God, a Master totally available, full of compassion. He want us, our deepest needs, and nobody uses few words when it’s something important, about something we really need. Maybe, doubt come in this moments, fear of saying aloud our desires, maybe we never get or see those desires come true. But, anyway, we cry out, we have too, and release aour heart before the Only One who can care our pain. I think, it’s the only thing we really need for now.

  2. Yes, only when we ask specifically do we exercise real faith. And in this case, with the crowd watching, I’m sure Jesus wanted the crowd to see and learn from the faith that He already knew that these blind men had.

    I find it so easy to just say “whatever you want, Lord; You know best.” It’s only when I’m really desparate that I am bold enough to ask what I really want, as when I asked God if it was OK to be an engineer instead of a “Christian worker”: http://jamesmclark.blogspot.com/2005/06/how-i-know-that-god-wanted-me-to-be.html .

  3. @ Jim. yea, and i think that i want to be less specific when its something i really want Bc i don’t want to be told no. instead i want to pursue my own way of getting what i want. …which is not faith. its using God when its convenient.

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