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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6 Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm:
7 “Brace yourself like a man;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.
8 “Would you discredit my justice?
Would you condemn me to justify yourself?
9 Do you have an arm like God’s,
and can your voice thunder like his?
10 Then adorn yourself with glory and splendor,
and clothe yourself in honor and majesty.
11 Unleash the fury of your wrath,
look at all who are proud and bring them low,
12 look at all who are proud and humble them,
crush the wicked where they stand.
13 Bury them all in the dust together;
shroud their faces in the grave.
14 Then I myself will admit to you
that your own right hand can save you
The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Job 40:6–14.
Job 29:21-25 21 “People listened to me expectantly,
waiting in silence for my counsel.
22 After I had spoken, they spoke no more;
my words fell gently on their ears.
23 They waited for me as for showers
and drank in my words as the spring rain.
24 When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed it;
the light of my face was precious to them.
25 I chose the way for them and sat as their chief;
I dwelt as a king among his troops;
I was like one who comforts mourners.