What Jesus Did! 'What Do You Want Me To Do?' — Matthew 20:32

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

When Jesus heard [the blind men shouting to him], he stopped and called, "What do you want me to do for you?"
— Matthew 20:32 NLT

Key Thought

"What do you want me to do for you?"

It sounds like a simple, almost ridiculous, question. But in asking it, Jesus is giving the men who are blind the opportunity to do two things: (1) state the absurdity of their request so they know when the request is granted that they have received a true miracle from Jesus and (2) have them ask for the help they need rather than relying on themselves.

Sometimes we are presumptuous in assuming we know the needs of those we're trying to serve. Jesus wanted the people to gain faith in him through the miracle and not just focus on the miracle. He wanted to get them in the discipline of asking God for what they need.

Maybe that's a question we need to ask ourselves: What do I truly want Jesus to do?

Today's Prayer

Holy Father, I need your help. I need your help for a number of specific things I want to bring before you right now .... Thank you for hearing my prayer in Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 5:1-6
  • Matthew 15:29-31
  • Matthew 7:7-8


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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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