Blessed… We Want to See

As Jesus and his disciples were going out of Jericho a large crowd followed him. When two blind men sitting along the road heard that Jesus was passing by, they shouted, “Show us mercy, Lord, Son of David!” Now the crowd scolded them and told them to be quiet. But they shouted even louder, “Show us mercy, Lord, Son of David!” Jesus stopped in his tracks and called to them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. “Lord, we want to see,” they replied.  Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they were able to see, and they followed him (Matthew 20:29-34, Common English Bible).

It was a very busy weekend. My apologies for the missed posts.

There is one last thing I want to lift up about this story before moving on. It has to do with our prayer lives.

This story confirms something for us that perhaps we have already known for some time and have failed to put into practice when we pray. We often pray things like, “Lord, I want to be more faithful in serving the world.” When in truth, we should be praying that but also adding to it, “…help me to find uses for my carpentry skills, perhaps through volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.

When I read this lesson I am struck by the idea that these blind men were shouting,  “Show us mercy, Lord, Son of David!” There is nothing specific here. It is a generalized , “show us mercy.” Think about that for a minute. These men sat in a conspicuous place every day to beg money from passers by. What if Jesus would have thrown a couple of coins their way. Would Jesus not be showing these two blind men mercy by giving them something that would help to at least their immediate needs? Sure, a couple of coins would at least help with the purchase of food that would meet the immediate need of hunger.

The question really becomes, would the gift of a couple of coins meet their real need. Jesus knew the real need in the story and it wasn’t to give someone a couple of coins. He knew exactly what the men wanted. But, instead of just giving the men what they needed, Jesus asked, “What do you want me to do?”

When we first pick up this lesson and read Jesus’ question, the first thing to go through the minds of many people is, “Well there is a stupid question. There blind, of course they want to see.”

But this is not a stupid question. Without question, Jesus knew their needs. Jesus knew their desires before they ever asked. Still, for reasons we may never know, God expects us to ask, to be specific in the things we really want done in our lives.

“What do you want?” Jesus asks.

“We want to see,” was the men’s reply.

We want to see as well. Perhaps in we learn to be specific in prayer, God will help us to see too, to see spiritually.

What have you specifically asked of God in prayer?

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy and Thanksgiving,

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved.

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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