Scripture: “When he came near, Jesus asked him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ ‘Lord, I want to see,’ he replied.” (Luke 18:40-41)

Observation: Throughout chapter 18, Jesus has been teaching – first about prayer, then about pride and humility, then about faith – the faith of children and gentiles.  Then he teaches about his suffering and death, and finally he teaches about his power and glory – revealing them as he heals the blind beggar. Tax collectors, children, gentiles and beggars… not the Jewish elite!  And yet, Jesus draws close to them, and reveals his glory through them.

Application: What is particularly striking is Jesus use of the question, “What do you want me to do for you?”  Wasn’t it obvious??  Didn’t Jesus already know?? And yet He asks! He does this with us too!  Can’t God just see what I need?  If He already knows everything, why then do I need to ask Him?  And yet, it is the faith of the blind beggar that obeys – He simply responds to Jesus question, telling Him what he wants.  What about me and you?  What is so obvious in our lives, that needs to be relate to Jesus?  Will we hear Him tell us today, “What do you want me to do for you?”

Prayer Lord, thank you for caring about me enough to want to know what I desire.  Help me to open to you all my wants and needs, having faith to believe that you can do all things.  In your Name, Amen!