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Today’s Bible Reference: Luke 18:40–43
Today’s Bible Text: 40 Jesus stopped and told some people to bring the blind man over to him. When the blind man was getting near, Jesus asked, 41 “What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord, I want to see!” he answered. 42 Jesus replied, “Look and you will see! Your eyes are healed because of your faith.” 43 Right away the man could see, and he went with Jesus and started thanking God. When the crowds saw what happened, they praised God.
The Bible Translation: The Contemporary English Version (CEV)
My Take Away: There are stories leading up to these verses that tell about Jesus responding to the very thoughts of people. Isn’t it amazing then that Jesus would ask this blind beggar what did he want from Him? Members of a group I accompanied on a missions trip came up on a father raising his two or three children in total poverty. When asked how my group might pray for him, they received an unexpected response. They anticipated that the man would have asked that he be provided the funds to feed his kids or clothe them or help get them in school, but instead He asked that they pray with him that God would help him raise them in the likeness of Jesus. Friends, we must never assume that the greatest need for prayer lies in the obvious need that is apparent to us. Like Jesus, we must always ask how we might pray with, or for, someone. I’ve heard about Christians going to the altar to pray for specific needs, and someone would come alongside them praying for their salvation, assuming that they must be there for that purpose. Jesus knew the very heart of the bling beggar, yet He asked him about his needs. We should all the more be just as considerate of those that we pray for.
Prayer: Father, thank You for being our all-knowing, all-loving and all-powerful God. Yet I am also thankful that You love me enough to still be concerned about my personal desires, needs and wants. Just as a blind beggar cried out to You in this story, there are times that the deepest thoughts of Your children are centered around things that are not very obvious at all. Please help us to be as considerate when we desire to pray for others. May we seek to know their heart and not assume the apparent. Lord, I want to be just like You, but there are so many things that need fine tuning. This is yet another reminder of one more thing. Please guide me to do your will in all things so that You might receive glory for Your work. I humbly ask these things in the name of Jesus, AMEN!
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