Tuesday, November 24

Be specific

Scripture: Matthew 20-22

Matthew 20:31–33 The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” 

32 Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. 

33 “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.”


The blind men shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us.”  It is a good prayer—but general.  

Jesus heard them and stopped.  I love that Jesus stopped on His way to the cross to heal a couple nobodies.  Never be too busy for people.

Jesus asked them, “What do you want me to do for you?”  It would seem obvious, so why the question?  Perhaps Jesus didn’t want to assume.  Or maybe Jesus wanted them to be specific.

They were.  They went from the general prayer, “Have mercy on us,” to the specific prayer, “We want to see.”  

And Jesus healed them.


I often pray, “Lord have mercy on us.”  Particularly when I’m not sure specifically what to pray.  It’s a good prayer. 

But sometimes Jesus presses me for more.  “What do you want me to do for you.  Be specific.”  So I narrow my prayer down.  

Today when I pray, I want to pause and answer Jesus’ question.  “What do you want me to do for you?”  I want to answer it specifically, knowing that I’m asking from my very limited human perspective, and still giving God room to do what He knows is best.  

Be specific.  God invites it.  God can handle it.

Prayer: Lord, help me to pray specifically today, to be completely honest with you about what I really want.