I think our prayer life would be dramatically changed if we could answer this question.
The story of the two blind men on the roadside can be found in Matthew 20:29-34. The two blind men are sitting along the roadside and they hear Jesus coming. The men call out to Him, and acknowledge Him as the Son of David. "Son of David, have mercy on us," they say. The crowds try to quiet the men. Jesus doesn't need to be bothered by a couple blind men on the roadside. But the men shout all the louder, "LORD, Son of David, have mercy on us." And Jesus stops. He doesn't keep going, he doesn't get impatient. He stops and asks the men- "what do you want me to do for you?"
What would I have done if I was in that situation? What would I do if that happened to me today? Jesus asking me, Mandi, what do you want me to do for you?
The men asked for sight. Jesus restored their sight, but more importantly, the men followed Jesus.
I think God is waiting for us. I think God has made Himself known to us throughout the Bible. God has promised us many things, and He desires to be asked to provide for His children. God is waiting for us to tell Him our deepest desires.
God desires for me, for you, for us.. to talk with Him and set our requests before Him.
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." Philippians 4:6
I just started a book called The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson.
Here are a few of the quotes/paraphrases that I have appreciated thus far:
- "God honors bold prayers. Bold prayers honor God."
- When we pray vague prayers, it's hard to know if God answered the prayer or if it was just a coincidence. But, with bold prayers come bold answers that cannot be denied.
- "The more specific your prayers are, the more glory God receives."
I believe that God loves to hear our prayers. God loves to be with us in our prayers as we pour out to Him our heart, all that we are thankful for, how we are seeing Him work, and then come before Him and boldly ask.
Let us pray. Let us pray boldly. Let us pray with confidence that the Lord of Lords can provide for us in ways that we cannot even fathom.
“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the Church and in Jesus Christ throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen” Ephesians 3:20-21