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Bulls eye

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Author: UEC Team
Date: September 15, 2016

Scripture

[ecko_quote source="Mark 10:51"]Jesus answered and said to him, ‘What do you want?[/ecko_quote]

Devotion

During Jesus Ministry, He often asked people one specific question “What do you want?" / "What do you wish?” to those who came to Him with a need. He knows what they need. In fact, people around Him know what they need. Despite knowing this, Jesus often put this question before He proceeds any further to heal or to perform a miracle in their lives. Maybe, I think the rationale behind Him asking such a question is to know what exactly they want from Him. People may come to Him with a different need apart from healing. Therefore, Jesus wants to make sure what is in their hearts. In other words, Jesus was prompting them to be precise in their prayers and petitions.

In this story as Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me! “Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me! “Jesus stopped and said, “Call him". “So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”

My dear ones, we also must be specific and to the point in our petitions and prayers. Praying specific prayers allows us to see how great our Heavenly Father is. How can we know when our prayers are answered if we are not specific? Asking God to bless you is too general. Further, it will raise many questions than answers. A general prayer is not asking. Asking God to bless you with a job is still a general prayer. There are many jobs out there, choose one. Concerning money if we pray, “God, please bless me with money” and next a question comes from God “How much?” therefore you need to give a specific amount. Praying specific prayers will help us to understand what our needs are and which ones are important. A vague and broad prayers show a lack of faith. The Word says "you do not have because you do not ask" (James 4:2)

I think it was Hudson Taylor who said “when we work, we work, when we pray, God works.” Throughout history, the men and women that God has used mightily have been people who knew how to pray and for whom prayer was both a priority and necessity. One reason that many Christians do not experience great excitement, joy, or success in their prayer life is due to their prayers. They are not definite. We do not specify our supplications to God, and therefore there is little clarity, faith, or power in prayer. No passage of scripture reveals this truth more clearly than the healing of Bartimaeus in Mark 10:46-52:

What's next?

Victory over your situation is just a prayer away. The circumstances may not change, but your perspective and attitude will change as you begin to pray and praise God. You and I don’t have a need that God cannot meet. As you pray, hear the words of Jesus to Bartimaeus, the blind man by the road: “What do you want?” Tell him specifically, and your prayer life will be of greater depth and purpose.

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