Scripture: Luke 18:41 “Wat do you want me to do for you? He said, “ Lord, let me recover my sight”
Observations: I thought it was cool that Israel (Jacob) did not leave for Egypt without going to Beersheba and worshiping the Lord, and the Lord responded to him, reassuring him that going to Egypt was the right thing to do. In Luke 18 we have the story of the persistent widow which teaches us not to lose heart and continue to pray. We learn humility through the story of the Pharisee and the tax collector. Jesus rebuked his disciples for trying to send the children away. The rich young ruler leaves sad because he is not wiling to give up his riches to follow Jesus. My Bible says that this chapter holds the third time that Jesus foretells his death. Finally we have the story of the blind man asking for his sight.
Application: It always amazes me to read this passage where Jesus asks: “What do you want me to do for you?” Doesn’t it seem apparent that the man wants his sight. Yet, Jesus asks that question because we need to ask. Jesus isn’t going to just push his way into our lives. He isn’t going to assume what we want. We must ask. I know this first hand because I have known people who didn’t want to be healed because they didn’t know how their lives would be without their disabilities. Their disabilities had become too much a part of who they were. So, we must ask, and ask believing.
Prayer: Lord, I believe that you can heal yet today. I have witnessed such healings, and I believe. Lord, please don’t ever let me give up praying for the needs of many. Tonight I pray for a young woman steeping in drug addiction. Lord, I know she needs to want to be saved out of this addiction, so my prayer is that you will place that desire on her heart. I pray that in the precious name of Jesus.
Tomorrow’s Reading: Genesis 47-48; Psalm 10; Luke 19