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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1 Kings 22:34 But someone drew his bow at random and hit the king of Israel between the sections of his armor. The king told his chariot driver, “Wheel around and get me out of the fighting. I’ve been wounded.”
1 Kings 21:25, 26 (There was never anyone like Ahab, who sold himself to do evil in the eyes of the Lord, urged on by Jezebel his wife. He behaved in the vilest manner by going after idols, like the Amorites the Lord drove out before Israel.)
Matthew 5:13-16 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
2 Chronicles 15:1, 2 The Spirit of God came on Azariah son of Oded. He went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Listen to me, Asa and all Judah and Benjamin. The Lord is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.”