Thursday, December 22, 2016

What do you want God to do for you?

"What do you want me to do for you?" asks Jesus, time and time again (Mark 10:36; 10:51) during his earthly ministry.

He has not stopped asking that question, now as the resurrected and reigning LORD of heaven.

The question forces us to admit what we truly believe about ourselves and Jesus. It can force us to petition, to beg, to pray. It might, however, expose that we really don't expect Jesus to do anything. Or worse, we don't think he can. Or even worse than that, that we're fine without his intervention.

How we answer this question, daily, hourly, minute by minute is the litmus test of our faith. 

A life without prayer will give you the kind of life you can have without prayer. Parenting without prayer gets the sort of results prayerless parenting gets. Pastoring without prayer gets the sort of results prayerless pastoring gets. Evangelism without prayer, singing without prayer, serving without prayer, working without prayer, Bible reading without prayer will be as "succeessful" as prayerless efforts can be.

God says he will not share His glory with another. If we don't pray (and I mean desperately pray), we'll take some of the glory ourselves. We'll share the credits, even though we live in a universe where the closing credits of the movie roll one phrase: to God be the glory for ever and ever.

What does a prayerless life receive? We don't get to see miracles from God, the glory of God, the power of God. Jesus could not do many miracles in prayerless and faithless cities. Jesus still cannot do much in prayerless and faithless souls.

Really think, really pause, and then really answer Jesus' question with humble petitions: 

"What do you want me to do for you?" 

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