How would you answer this question?

11 thoughts on “How would you answer this question?”

  1. What an interesting question!
    I think petitions are good and it’s okay to have some desires, but when desires get in the way of our relationship with Jesus, it becomes idolatry. And so “ask and you shall receive” isn’t a magic trick or a command from us to God, but is understood in context as you have provided.
    I usually pray for qualities without turning my prayer time into a frustrating self-improvement time (although this can happen). My greatest prayer is to know God more fully (and for my life’s actions to reflect this knowing)…which I think goes along with what the blind men wanted. 🙂

    1. Great thoughts Jade. I find that when I start telling God all of my petitions I get about half way through and then say something like, ‘you know what’s in my heart’. Your greatest prayer is truly a beautiful one.

  2. That is an interesting question Andie, thank you for presenting it to us today.

    I think that our prayerful petitions are important but in the end, to paraphrase Anne Lamott, there are really only two prayers, “help me, help me” and “thank you, thank you.”

    To have our eyes opened is to have new vision and with that new vision, yes our prayers are likely to change.

  3. I think He cares about all our needs … both spiritual and physical sight.

    But if He asked … in person … I’m not sure anything would matter apart from His presence.

  4. I would have asked Him to heal me. Just as they did. I’m not sure we can separate what happened to them. It was His will to heal them, and, after that happened, they followed Him. Sometimes we need Him to help us physically, so that the physical pain or infirmity doesn’t blind us to His other work in our lives. And sometimes He leaves us with a weakness that causes us to lean on Him. Perhaps, as Susan said, His presence alone would have helped them to know what to ask. I also like the comments of others here who say, “help me” and “thank you” are really all we need to say…

  5. Andie, I love the way you presented this. “What do you want me to do for you?” I want Him to give me the strength to walk the path He’s predestined me to walk.

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