Day #13

Do You Know What You Want (Matthew 20:32-33)

Most of us don’t receive what we want from God because we simply don’t know what we want.

Matthew 20:32-33
Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.”

When I ask my oldest daughter Sadie what she wants to be when she grows up, she has a lot of different answers. Her most popular answer is “in charge,” she just wants to be in charge. Sadie is under the impression adults get to do whatever they want.

Some days she wants to be a librarian, other days she wants to be a children’s pastor. Every now and then she wants to play soccer for the University of Louisville.
At the age 9, no one is surprised Sadie is uncertain of her future plans, but it’s not just an 9-year-old problem, is it?

About 80% of college students change their major at least once during college, and on average a college student changes their major three times before they finish college.
Maybe you’ve seen the most recent Taco Bell commercial describing the made-up term “order envy” According to Taco Bell order envy is when you want what you order until you see someone else’s food and then you want what they ordered.

Whether it’s ordering off the menu, what to study in college, or what to be when you grow up, sometimes it’s hard to know what you want.

In Matthew 20 Jesus is approached by two blind men, and He asks them a very specific question, “What do you want me to do for you?” It’s kind of a no-brainer, right? The blind men were probably thinking, “Ummm, Jesus you're famous for performing miracles, and we’re blind. Duh! Come on; you know what we want.” But Jesus wasn’t asking because he didn’t know what they wanted. He was asking because He wanted to make sure they knew what they wanted. Jesus made them verbalize their desire. He made them spell it out because that’s where faith begins- knowing what you want.

Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

According to Hebrews 11:1, faith is being sure of what you hope for, which means the opposite of faith is being unsure of what you're hoping for, right? Which begs the question, how sure are you of what you’re hoping for from God? Or maybe a better question to start with is, what are you hoping for from God?

Most of us don’t receive what we want from God because we simply don’t know what we want. We’ve never decided what’s most important. We’ve never written down a list of life goals. We’ve never defined success for ourselves. We don’t keep a list of prayers. But God wants us to be sure of what we’re hoping for because when He answers our prayers, he wants us to be sure no one else could have done it but God.

So what if Jesus asked you today, “What do you want me to do for you?” Do you have an answer? What are you hoping for from God? What are you sure you need God to do in your life? Not all the time but most of the time, God can’t do something BIG in your life, until you know what it is you want Him to do, so what do you want him to do?
What mountain do you need him to move? What impossible dream do you need him to make happen? Do you know what it is? Are you hoping for anything? I hope so because without hope there’s no faith.

Prayer: God, forgive me for vague prayers and small hopes. Give me the imagination to dream bigger and the faith to believe that you will do what only you can do.

If you missed previous devotions you can find them here:

Day #1 - Grab a Hose Not Binoculars (Jeremiah 29:11)
Day #2 - God Knows What He Is Doing (Genesis 13:15-17)
Day #3 - Don't Waste Your Shape (1 Peter 4:10-11)
Day #4 - Big Dreams and Small Minded People (Genesis 37:8)
Day #5 - Inspection and Expectation (Matthew 21:18-19)
Day #6 - I Can't (John 5:6-7)
Day #7 - Small Beginnings. Big Difference. (Zechariah 4:10)
Day #8 - New Dream But No Miracle (Genesis 6:21-22)
Day #9 - A Waiting Game (Isaiah 40:31)
Day #10 - Miracle Management (Matthew 1:8)
Day #11 - Help Me Believe (Mark 9:22-24)
Day #12 - Burn The Ships (Isaiah 43:18-19)