by Sandy Kirby Quandt
This past week I sat in a chair surrounded by the weird-looking optical equipment of an optometrist as he examined my right eye. This visit was unexpected. Seems I have a problem. The problem could be worse, so I’m praising God because it isn’t. A follow-up visit is scheduled, and we’ll go from there.
The day after my eye appointment, one of the devotions I read mentioned the story recorded in Matthew 20 of two blind men who called out to Jesus when he passed by them. God’s prefect timing.
The men knew of Christ’s power, and sought him out for healing. The crowd surrounding the men told them to hush up, but they wouldn’t. Instead they called out all the louder.
When Jesus stopped in front of the men he asked, “What do you want me to do for you?”
The men replied, “Lord, we want to see!”
Jesus touched their eye, and instantly they could see.
That wasn’t the end of the story, however. Matthew tells us the men followed Jesus.
One major thing I’ve learned about prayer and requests is we need to be specific. Jesus the Great Physician already knows what we need. He knows everything. When Christ asked the blind men what they wanted it wasn’t because he didn’t know their need, it was so they would know he was the one who answered their request.
When we pray specifically we are able to see God’s hand at work, and like the two once blind men, we are able to recognize the answer came from God, and follow him.
Yes. I want to see. I want to be healed. I’m praying specifically for those requests. But I also want to see who Jesus is more fully and completely so I, too, will praise him for his answer, and follow him more closely each and every day.
Jesus asks each of us, “What do you want?” He already knows, but Jesus wants us to tell him.
So what is it you want?
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“Two blind men were sitting beside the road. When they heard that Jesus was coming that way, they began shouting, ‘Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!’
“‘Be quiet!’ the crowd yelled at them.
“But they only shouted louder, ‘Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!’
“When Jesus heard them, he stopped and called, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’
“‘Lord,’ they said, ‘we want to see!’ Jesus felt sorry for them and touched their eyes. Instantly they could see! Then they followed him.” Matthew 20:30-34 (NLT)
I wish you well.
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