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Monday, January 29, 2018
Be Like The Blind Man, When You Can’t See Jesus, Listen For Him, And When You Hear Him, Make Sure He Hears You! Open Your Mouth; Jesus Loves These Kinds Of Prayers: Persistent and Bold.
Matthew 20:29-34, "As Jesusand His disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd was following. Two blindmen who were sitting by the road heard that Jesus was passing by, so they began to shout, “Son of David! Have mercy on us, sir!” The crowd scolded them and told them to be quiet. But they shouted even more loudly, “Son of David! Have mercy on us, sir!” Jesus stopped and called them. “WHAT DOYOUWANTMETO DO FORYOU?” He asked them. “Sir,” they answered, “WE WANTYOUTO GIVE US OUR SIGHT!” Jesus had pity on them and touched their eyes; at once they were able to see, and they followed Him." (GNT)
Therefore, starting today, pray Big and Bold! Ask the hard thing! Andbe specific!Don’tbe afraid! Ask God to heal the situation in your marriage; the substance abuse in your children; your fear of tithing because of your bills and debt. Take to Him specifically what the doctors diagnosed! Jesus is not afraid of Cancer; Heart Failure; Diabetes; Arthritis; HIV or Aids! HeCan Heal Anything, So Take Everything to Him! He has no fear in regards to your mistakes and even deliberate sin. Hecan handle the divorce; the unemployment; the church transition; the foreclosure; the bankruptcy; the child support (and even lack thereof).
Why struggle with fear, fret, panic, anxiety worry, stress; anguish andthelike, whenyoucould simply enter your prayer closet (the one thatyoumake anywhere, including a bathroom stall at work!)
Block out people who try to discourageyouwith such statement as “nobody has ever survived that; or my dad died from that same exact thing; or boyyoumust be out of your mind to think God will do that; or girlyoumay as well throw in the towel because not even Jesuscan clean this mess up!”
Jesusloves these kinds of prayers: Persistent and Bold!
And lastly, let's focus on the one secret of prayer that we miss all too often. Inverse 32Jesus says,"What doyouwantMeto do foryou?"It seems like such an obvious question though,don’tyouthink? I mean after all, here are two BLINDmen! AndJesus heals BLIND people! However, theblindmen say instead, "Lord, have mercy on us." And there’s nothing wrong with that, but Jesus says,"Well, tellMeexactly whatyouwantMeto do?"This is a characteristic of prayer that gets miracles and that’s praying Specifically!
See, these guys had already made a GENERAL request,"Lord, have mercy,"but Jesus insists that they narrow down their request and tell Him EXACTLY what they want, SPECIFICALLY. Andwhen they do, Jesus responds with a miracle!
The word “specific” is defined as “clearly
defined or identified; precise or clear; relating to a particular
individual or situation; a definite reference; limited to one particular
thing; exact; detailed; intended; distinctive; unique; designated;
This is what your prayers need to sound like!
See, too often our prayers are like those vague answers I give my family in regards to buying gifts forme, "Anything will be fine, and anythingyoupick out or pick up is alright byme." Likewise, we talk to God about "givemea blessing," "I need an answer," "send help!" or some GENERAL spiritual request. And I wonder if Jesus is standing there asking, "Well, like what? What areyouasking for?" In fact it's really expanded my praying to imagine Jesus standing there as I pray, saying, "Okay, J.P., what doyoureally wantMeto do foryou?"
And so, I learned not to just ask God to bless my marriage, but I’ve learned to take specifics about my marriage to Him. I no longer just say “Lord, keep my children safe.” But I’ve learned to pray “Lord,
keep my children safe not just from others or harm, but from their own
imaginations; desires; devices; wants; lusts; insecurities; immaturity”,
andthelike. Idon’tjust say “Lordbless my finances.” But “Lord, blessmeto be a good steward over the finances thatyouhave provided forme. Helpmeto be disciplined in my spending and saving…”
In other words, Idon’twant to beliketheblindmen sitting by the road yellingLordhave pity and mercy onme, when my specific request is,“I WANTYOUTO GIVEMEMY SIGHT!”
Now it isn'tthat He doesn'tknow what the need is. He just wants us to know what we believe Himfor...specifically...not vaguely because we have doubt, fear and unbelief!
Listen toPhilippians 4:6,"Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to makeyour [SPECIFIC] requests known to God." (AMP)God honors specific faith!Not demands, but requests that are always under the umbrella under which even Jesus Himself prayed, "Not My will but Yours,Lord."
Coming to God persistently, daring to believe Himfor big, bold, specific requests touches His heart!
Youknow what I also find interesting as well? Once they make a persistent, big, bold and specific request of Jesus; once their request is granted; they“…joined the procession.” This is the same crowd of critics that tried to mess up their miracle!This is whyyoucan’tbe deterred by your critics. Let God’s work in your life be what silences those who tried to silenceyou! Think about it: Two blindmen shouting to get their sight silenced those who tried to shut them up…isn’t God amusing!
Let today bethe day your prayer life takes on a new dynamic. One that is specific in its nature. One that goes to God KNOWING HehearsandHe answers!
SEE to it today thatyouMakeYour Prayer Request Specific!YouHave NOTHING to Lose And EVERYTHING to Gain!