Daily D – Matthew 20:32
Jesus stopped, called them, and said, “What do you want me to do for you?”
MATTHEW 20:32 (CSB)
Two out of three of my devices can connect to the internet in this hotel. This laptop is the odd device out. We are currently piggybacking off of my iPhone. So, we better make this quick. (Too late.)
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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Jeremiah 35:12-14 “This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Go and tell the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, ‘Will you not learn a lesson and obey my words?’ declares the Lord. ‘Jehonadab son of Rekab ordered his descendants not to drink wine and this command has been kept. To this day they do not drink wine, because they obey their forefather’s command. But I have spoken to you again and again, yet you have not obeyed me.”
Psalm 78:70-72 He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens; from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance. And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.
Jeremiah 23:20-22 The anger of the Lord will not turn back until he fully accomplishes the purposes of his heart. In days to come you will understand it clearly. I did not send these prophets, yet they have run with their message; I did not speak to them, yet they have prophesied. But if they had stood in my council, they would have proclaimed my words to my people and would have turned them from their evil ways and from their evil deeds.