Daily D – Matthew 20:32
Jesus stopped, called them, and said, “What do you want me to do for you?”
MATTHEW 20:32 (CSB)
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Take a look at this story in verses 29-34. Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem, to the Last Supper, to the Garden of Gethsemane, to trials, to conviction, to crucifixion. Two guys were yelling at the top of their lungs as Jesus was taking those last steps toward paying the penalty for your sins and mine.
How did Jesus respond to desperate men yelling obnoxiously?
Jesus stopped (verse 32).
Jesus called them.
Jesus asked, “What do you want me to do for you?”
Take a look at this text again. These men are blind. It’s a beautiful day, but they can’t see it. And Jesus asks, “What do you want me to do for you?” Such a question today would make the Twitterverse howl.
“Lord, open our eyes.”
“Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes,” (verse 34).
Jesus wanted what they wanted. “Immediately they could see.”
They followed him. Wouldn’t you?
Where do your desires and God’s desires meet today? Feel free to take a moment to ponder the question. When you have a good answer, hear Jesus’ question again, this time addressed to you.
“What do you want me to do for you?”
This is where true prayer begins. This is where the great adventure of following Jesus begins. This is where we can look and see and embrace all that those last steps to the cross made possible.
I will look for what Jesus wants.
I will see what he sees.
I will go where he leads.
I will pray from that place where my deepest desire for myself matches God’s deepest desire for me.
Our Father, I want what you want. Amen.
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Psalm 23:3, 4 He renews my life; he leads me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for you are with me; your rod and your staff—they comfort me. (CSB)
Daniel 5:11 “There is a man in your kingdom who has the spirit of the holy gods in him. In the days of your predecessor he was found to have insight, intelligence, and wisdom like that of the gods. Your predecessor, King Nebuchadnezzar, appointed him chief of the magicians, mediums, Chaldeans, and diviners. (CSB)
Daniel 1:20 In every matter of wisdom and understanding that the king consulted them about, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and mediums in his entire kingdom. (CSB)