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

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Jesus stopped and said to the blind men, "What do you want me to do for you?"
— Matthew 20:32 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 20:32 NLT — Jesus stopped and said to the blind men, "What do you want me to do for you?"

Key Thought

"What do you want me to do?" 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 it happens 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 what we think those we're trying to help need. 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 want Jesus to truly 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
  • Matt. 15:29-31
  • Matt. 7:7-8


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.