What Jesus Did! 'What Do You Want Me To Do?' — Mark 10:51-52

Tuesday, August 6, 2024

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"What do you want me to do for you?" Jesus asked.

"My Rabbi," the blind man said, "I want to see!"

And Jesus said to him, "Go, for your faith has healed you." Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road.

— Mark 10:51-52 NLT

Key Thought

Isn't that such a simple question that Jesus asked? Wouldn't we better serve others if we asked them questions, listened to their answers, honored their requests, and then affirmed their commitment and faith? Unfortunately, we often think we know best how to help people even without their input, so we do what we think best rather than asking them what they need. While we can't honor every wish and sometimes people's needs seem self-evident and straightforward, asking them for input gives them the opportunity to share what's on their hearts and to express their needs. At the same time, seeking their input affirms their dignity at a time when they may feel like they have lost every shred of dignity.

Today's Prayer

O Father, help me to wait patiently and look for ways to help and serve others in your name. Give me the patience to listen to them as they express their need, the tenderness to invite them to let me share their burden, and the wisdom to do what they need. In Jesus' name, I ask for this help. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 5:1-6
  • Mark 1:40-42
  • Colossians 4:2

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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