Scripture: Matthew 20.  

OBSERVATION
(Key verses)

Matthew 20:30,32 (NLT)

30 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!”

32
When Jesus heard them, he stopped and called, “What do you want me to do for you?”

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my life today?)

I believe that these verses are very special. These two blind men were sitting beside the road waiting for Jesus. They heard of Him, anticipated His coming, and sat waiting for Him. Let’s compare that to Christians today. We have heard from a very early age that Jesus is coming back to get us, and while some of us may have surrendered our hearts to Him, others have chosen to ignore the warning that our time is very limited to seek His favor. I also see in this story that we must be careful in trying to help someone. We needn’t assume that we know what their need is. Jesus didn’t! In verse 30 it shows that it was a well-known fact that these men were blind, yet Jesus didn’t assume that they were reaching out to Him for healing of their sight. Jesus wanted to make sure that He was not missing the most important need in their life. Too often we look at someone, compare them to ourselves and assume we have them figured out. These men, like many we see today may have had priority in needing to know the Lord, more than needing their sight. Let’s follow Jesus’ example and ask a person what their need is, rather than praying in general for them, or assuming their need. There’s something special in voicing your need, and hearing someone pray with you about that specific need. The other general stuff is unimportant to you at the time. Ask, listen and pray specifically for the voiced need.

PRAYER
(What I will ask of God, in order for me to properly apply His Word to my life)

Lord Jesus, please help me to be more like You. To be concerned about the needs and/or desires of my brother or sister so that I may pray specifically for their needs. Thank You that You are concerned about our specific needs and that You don’t just generalize. Each of us have very specific personal needs or desires, please help me to not assume that I know a brother’s heart, but to ask him how I might pray for him. Thank You for the concern You show for me – a display of the love that You have for me!

 

**Words underlined may be a hyperlink to a song that God laid on my heart while sharing this devotional this morning. Click it and be blessed by the song, like I was when I listened to it! …… I . Letwould be overjoyed to have the opportunity to pray with you about a need in your life that may, or may not have been highlighted by this Nugget today. Why not drop me a note and tell me about it? You may email me at:
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Author: Ed Algreen

One of God's kids expressing his understanding of God's Word and sharing how it is affecting his life! May those who read it be blessed, encouraged, and drawn closer to the Lord!

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