get specific in what you ask God for, and then keep asking

As they were leaving Jericho, a huge crowd followed. Suddenly they came upon two blind men sitting alongside the road. When they heard it was Jesus passing, they cried out, “Master, have mercy on us! Mercy, Son of David!” The crowd tried to hush them up, but they got all the louder, crying, “Master, have mercy on us! Mercy, Son of David!”

Jesus stopped and called over, “What do you want from me?”

They said, “Master, we want our eyes opened. We want to see!”

Deeply moved, Jesus touched their eyes. They had their sight back that very instant, and joined the procession.

Matthew 20:29-34; MSG

Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

Matthew 7:7-8; NLT

Is there something that is like pushing us off the cliff? Like we’ve had enough of it. I’m not so sure I’m referring to incidents and actions of others, although we could include them. What I’m thinking of mainly are character issues in ourselves which we can’t seem to get a handle on, or get any resolution to. It just keeps coming back again and again, and we’re hampered.

We need to go to God in prayer, and be quite specific. Yes, plead for mercy, so important because we need that. But be quite specific in just what is troubling us. This is what, with the Lord’s urging the two blind men did. Jesus met them where they were, and helped them.

I add our Lord’s words from the Sermon on the Mount about the necessity of continuing to ask God for something. We are often so half-hearted in our prayers for a number of reasons. It may be due to lack of faith, or simply not caring that much. To continue to ask God, as well as seek and knock carries with it the sense that we are serious. What if the two blind men thought that Jesus wouldn’t have mercy on them? Or that he couldn’t possibly heal them? They would have been blind until the day they died. And more importantly, they wouldn’t have received the touch that only Jesus could give, they wouldn’t have experienced God’s answer to their plea. Just the same with us. We need to be specific in just what we’re asking for. And then keep doing it in faith. Only God can answer, but God indeed will. There will be an answer.

One last Scripture:

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

1 John 5:14-15

Sometimes we don’t get what we want because it’s not God’s will. But we can be sure that if we’re praying about a character issue, or a a weakness, or something somehow not in line with God’s will that God will answer and grant our request. And no matter what we sincerely pray, God will answer and be at work according to his will, even if God seems to be silent. We can be assured of that.

So let’s be specific, be persistent, and confident in prayer to our merciful God. In and through Jesus.