What Do You Want Me to Do for You?
Read Matthew 20:29–34
As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”
The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”
Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.
“Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.”
Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.
Jesus must have known the two men that called out to Him were blind. Something about their appearance likely would have revealed that fact. So, why did Jesus ask them the question, “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus does not presume to know what the men would want from Him. By asking, He confers honor and value. And He also allows for the truth that it is not always our most obvious disability or failing or pain that needs healing the most.
- Imagine Jesus asking you the question He asked the two blind me: “What do you want me to do for you?” How would you answer this question?
- What is an obvious hurt you would like healed? What is a deeper, less obvious hurt you would like healed?
- What do you sense Jesus inviting you to consider or believe about Him as you reflect on your answer to His question, “What do you want me to do for you?”
God, I need Your healing hand in every part of me—body, mind, and soul. I have obvious pain and deeper, hidden suffering. All of it needs healing. I long to be whole, unbroken, and restored. Show me how to open myself to You and say what I need. And give me eyes of compassion for those who suffer and are in pain. May I learn to confer honor and value through my words and actions. Amen.
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